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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.
MEDIUM Granite
  • Reportedly From: Edfu, Egypt
  • DATES 664-610 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty
    PERIOD late Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/8 in. (19.1 x 10.2 x 13 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 57.66
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.57.66_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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