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African; North African; Egyptian
Ancient Egypt Africa,North Africa,Egypt
Statuette of Re Horakhty
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21/25, c. 1069-656 B.C.
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This solid cast bronze depicts Re Horakhty, one of the principal deities of the ancient Egyptian pantheon. He is a combination of the gods Re and Horus, both of whom were associated with rebirth. The figure would originally have worn a disk-shaped crown that was inserted into the square hole in the top of his head. A tenon under each foot allowed the statuette to be set upon a separate bronze or wood base. Strokes above the eye imitate the markings of a falcon. This particular figure was evidently cherished, for its left foot was broken centuries ago and then repaired.
H.: 25 cm (9-7/8 in.); W.: 8.3 cm (3-1/8 in.)
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming
Inscription in gold on belt: Re Horakhty. the chief of the gods
Bronze figures of the gods are rarely encountered prior to the Third Intermediate Period (Dynasty 21, eleventh century B.C.). From that time onward, however, they appear in great numbers and in a staggering variety of themes and sizes. Many of these figues were inscribed with the name of a devotee, who deposited the statue in a temple as evidence of personal piety. The enormous popularity of this practice may be gathered by the discovery of 17,000 subh bronzes in a single deposit at the Temple of Karnak in 1903.
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