Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
An arm-shaped censer like this one can be understood as a hieroglyphic representation of one of the most potent Egyptian rituals, the rite of the presentation of the Eye of Horus. The incense bowl and the falcon terminal represent the Eye, while the arm is the hieroglyph for “presenting” or “giving.” The Egyptians believed that the Eye of Horus possessed the power to heal or protect whoever received it.
ca. 712-404 B.C.E.
Gift of Michael DeBry
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Arm-Shaped Censer, ca. 712-404 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 1/4 x 21 7/16 in. (5.7 x 54.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Michael DeBry, 72.8. Creative Commons-BY
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