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Statuette of Horus, divine representation of the Pharaoh, wearing the double crown, symbolizing his rule over Upper and Lower Egypt

Unknown5th century BCE - 4th century BCE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

The Egyptian king was perceived as the earthly manifestation of the god Horus, son of Osiris, a descendant of the creator god and the legitimate heir to the throne. According to Egyptian myth, Osiris was brutally murdered by his brother Seth, but was revived through the magical powers of his loving wife/sister Isis to become king of the realm of the dead. Every living king was perceived as Horus; after his death, he became Osiris.

Credit: Gift of Abraham Guterman, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Details

  • Title: Statuette of Horus, divine representation of the Pharaoh, wearing the double crown, symbolizing his rule over Upper and Lower Egypt
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 5th century BCE - 4th century BCE
  • Location: Egypt
  • Type: Statuette
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © David A. Loggie, N.Y.
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Exhibition: The Immortals of Ancient Egypt: From the Abraham Guterman Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/06/1997 - 01/12/1997
  • Dimensions: H: 22; W: 4.8 cm
  • Curator: Ben-Tor, Daphna

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