Egyptian Faience Amulet of Horus

Egyptian Faience Amulet of Horus

A large blue-green faience ancient Egyptian amulet of the god Horus, falcon headed, standing wearing a kilt with arms to the sides and wearing the double crown of upper and lower Egypt.

Saite Period, 26th Dynasty,
Ca. 664-525 BC.
Height: 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm).
Intact.
Set in an antique gold mount.

Horus was the primary deity of the ancient Egyptian pantheon. He was worshipped from as early as the Pre-Dynastic Period. The god was most often depicted as a falcon or as a man with a falcon head wearing the double crown of upper and lower Egypt. Horus was the embodiment of the eternal sky. The pharaoh was viewed as the living manifestation of the god Horus.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 29, fig. 26c.

Formerly in a Virginia estate collection, acquired in the 1970's or earlier; the settings probably by Khawam Bros. Cairo, 1920's.

Inv#: 6902

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