Horus from a royal figure

Egyptian
Old Kingdom (?), possibly Dynasty 4–6
2625–2170 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K II (A) Upper Deffufa

Dimensions

Overall: 17.5 x 8.2 x 8 cm (6 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.1203

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This is a fragment from the back of a royal statue, showing the god Horus as a falcon. The outspread wings, tail, and feet are broken off. The falcon originally stood behind the king’s head. There is a small fragment of the head still attached to the beak.

Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K II Upper Deffufa room A. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition