The bronze figure of Horus of Pe was created in 600 B.C. The figure stands at a height of 25 cm with a weight of 3.3 kg and it was excavated in Egypt. The figure depicts Horus of Pe kneeling. This posture of kneeling with a first across the chest and another in the air represents jubilation. The gesture of Jubilation is called henu. Henu was a pose that represented a god or king being hailed with the instinctive of being ready to crush your enemy. Although I see this pose as more of a salute to show respect towards a king or someone of higher authority. The posture, short kilt, and long wig clearly represents the god known as the soul of Pe. (2) The soul of Pe is usually represented by a falcon-headed figure. (1) The figure of the soul of Pe is depicted with muscular like features, very slender, and long, which is an artistic style very common for Egyptian sculptors. On the wig, eyes, and eyelids it is suggested that they very once embedded with precious metals, perhaps to show the piety of the follower. The figure is a hollow cast used mainly in a lost waxing technique. (2) The figure like Bes, and Osiris would have also been considered as an offering and placed in a temple dedicated to either the soul of Pe or Horus. (2) The soul of Pe is one of the two souls that represented pre-dynastic rulers of Upper and Lower Egypt. (1). The other soul being the soul of Nekhen. The soul of Nekhen is usually represented by a figure with a jackal’s head. (1) These two souls were known to be protectors and followers of Horus. Nekhen and Pe are the deities that upholds the divine right of kingship and they also serve the role of welcoming the kings of Egypt into the afterlife. They would help kings to heaven by using a golden ladder that was necessary to reach heaven. Since heaven was a place that has the sky as it’s floor. (1)
1. "Souls of Pe and Nekhen." ***. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016. <http://landofpyramids.org/souls-pe-nekhen.htm>.
2. "Figure." British Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016. <http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=111576&partId=1>.