Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Photo for Today - More from the Walters Art Museum

Falcon Sacred to Horus

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks

Date (Period): ca. 380-150 BC (Late Period-early Greco-Roman)
Medium: granodiorite
Measurements: 15 7/16 x 6 1/4 x 12 5/8 in. (39.2 x 15.8 x 32 cm)

Item Description:
The falcon was associated with several celestial gods. One was Horus, a deity closely identified with living monarchs. This sculpture served as a protective image at a temple and once had a crown made separately, perhaps also from stone or even gilded bronze.

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