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Head of a King Protected by the Horus Falcon

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3362, Head of a King Protected by the Horus Falcon, New Kingdom (18th Dynasty) Probably reign of Amenophis III; 1390-1353 B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Steatite; originally glazed
Dimensions: h. 3 3/8 in. / 8.6 cm

Although damaged, this New Kingdom statue is finely carved, with clear delineation of ears, eyebrows, and cosmetics around the eyes. It depicts a pharaoh, possibly Amenophis III, wearing the nemes head cloth surmounted by the double crown of united Upper and Lower Egypt. A falcon representing the sky, sun and war god, Horus, sits behind the crown with its wings bent in protection. Such a physical representation of the god’s protection is unusual.

Amenophis III, father of Akhenaten and grandfather of Tutankhamun, was one of the most powerful kings in the 18th Dynasty

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