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Relief Figure of Horus

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Egyptian religion frequently adopted a mulitplicity of approaches to explain or represent different aspects of a single divine concept. The sun god, for instance, had a morning aspect called Khepri, commonly depicted as a scarab beetle pushing the sun disk across the heavens much as a beetle rolls a ball of dung across the desert floor. The noontime sun was Re or Re-Horakhty, often shown as a falcon or falcon-headed man with a sun disk on his head. Atum, who personified the sun that set over the western horizon to travel through the underworld, could be represented in many guises, including those of a human-headed cobra, a ram-headed man, or a weary old man.

MEDIUM Bronze, gold
  • Place Found: Tuna el-Gebel, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 100-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period (probably)
    DIMENSIONS 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 51.147.1
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Relief Figure of Horus, ca. 100-30 B.C.E. Bronze, gold, 4 15/16 in. (12.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.147.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-1 installation, CUR.51.147.1_wwgA-1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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    Relief Figure of Horus