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Block Statue of Hor

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The type of sculpture, known as a block statue, depicts an individual, squatting, wrapped in a cloak from which his head and sometimes hands emerge. Block statues were placed in temples to assure the individual’s perpetual presence at rituals and temple festivals. The cloak on Block Statue of Hor is covered with inscriptions, and one side represents Osiris with his consort Isis, while on the other side their son Horus stands behind a symbol of Osiris. The front of Temple Block Statue of a Man depicts a deceased princess, who once held the office of the God’s Wife of Amun, standing before Osiris.
MEDIUM Granite
  • Reportedly From: Edfu, Egypt
  • DATES 664-610 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/8 in. (19.1 x 10.2 x 13 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Block Statue of Hor, 664-610 B.C.E. Granite, 7 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/8 in. (19.1 x 10.2 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 57.66. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.57.66_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.57.66_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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