Block Statue of Hor
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The type of sculpture known as a block statue depicts the private dedicator, squatting, wrapped in a cloak from which his head and sometimes hands emerge. Block statues were placed in temples to assure the dedicator’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.
late Dynastic Period
7 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/8 in. (19.1 x 10.2 x 13 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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