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Statuette of Re-Horakhty

A work made of copper alloy with gilding.
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  • A work made of copper alloy with gilding.

Date:

Third Intermediate Period-Late Period, Dynasty 21–26 (about 1069–525 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Here Re-Horakhty, a combination of the solar gods Re and Horakhty, strides forward in the form of a falcon-headed male. He is identifiable by his falcon head (once crowned with a sun disk inserted into the hole at the top of his head) and the golden hieroglyphs at the center of his belt, which read, “Re-Horakhty, Chief of the Gods.” Re-Horakhty was worshipped throughout Egypt but was particularly revered in Iunu, an ancient city located near modern Cairo that the Greeks called Heliopolis (“city of the sun”) in his honor. Statuettes of deities such as this one were set up in temples and shrines to receive offerings or presented to the gods as gifts that were later ceremonially buried.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Statuette of Re-Horakhty

Origin

Egypt

Date

1069 BCE–664 BCE

Medium

Copper alloy with gilding

Inscriptions

"Re Horakhty, chief of the gods."

Dimensions

25 × 8.3 × 10.5 cm (9 7/8 × 3 1/4 × 4 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming

Reference Number

1894.261

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