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STATUE OF THE GOD HORUS

Egypt
New Kingdom, ca. 1570-1070 B.C.
Serpentine, metalwork reconstructed
59.6 cm H, 55.9 cm W
Purchased in Cairo, 1919
OIM 10504

This statue represents the falcon god Horus, one of the most important ancient Egyptian gods. The beak and headdress have been restored to suggest the originals, which were almost certainly made of gold. A narrow passage from the base of the statue to the head may have been used for the insertion of cords to manipulate the original beak and headdress. In that way the statue could have functioned as an oracle-a medium through which the god made known his knowledge and purpose.


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