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Metal Sculpture in the Sixth Dynasty

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Head of a Falcon God
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This exquisite head of the falcon god Horus, lord of the sun and patron deity of kingship, was found below the floor of the main chamber of his temple at Hierakonpolis, north of Edfu.

The head, which is made out of beaten gold, was fixed to a copper statue of the falcon Horus. It is topped by a twin-plumed headdress and decorated with a royal uraeus, or cobra.

The eyes are inlaid with rounded, polished, obsidian pieces, very similar to that of the real bird.

It was certainly a cult statue, which was set up on a base in its shrine, with a royal statuette placed under its protection.

Dimensions:  Height 37.5 cm  Width 7.5 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Inlaid
  Hammering

Style:

Old Kingdom

Materials:

Gold
  Obsidian
Type Type

Type:

Head
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

El-Kom El-Ahmar
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

6th Dynasty

Acquired: 

1898 AD
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