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Horus falcon
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Horus falcon

664 a.C. - 332 a.C.. Basalt, Agate. On display elsewhere

The falcon was identified with Horus, “the exalted, the one who is above”. One of the oldest gods in Egyptian mythology, Horus was associated with royalty as the guide of monarchs. The pharaoh was always the incarnation of Horus on earth, a living deity.

Technical data

Inventory number
Horus falcon
664 a.C. - 332 a.C. (Twenty-sixth / Thirtieth Dynasty of Egypt)
Basalt; Agate
Height: 38 cm; Width: 19 cm; Base/bottom: 26 cm
Bequest of Marius de Zayas, 1944

Bibliography +

Garcia y Bellido, Antonio, La escultura clásica del ''Legado Zayas'', en el Museo del Prado, Archivo Español de Arqueología, 25, 1952, pp. 84.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de la escultura, Madrid, 1957, pp. nº436-E.

Blanco, Antonio; Lorente, Manuel, Catálogo de la escultura. Museo del Prado, Patronato Nacional de Museos, Madrid, 1981, pp. nº436.

Espinós, Adela; Orihuela, Mercedes y Royo Villanova, Mercedes, ''El Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en Madrid. X. Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, Boletín del Museo del Prado, IV, 1983, pp. 62.

Cacho Quesada, C., Guia General. Museo Arqueologico Nacional., Ministerio de Cultura,, Madrid, 1991, pp. 103-105.

Schröder, Stephan F., Marius de Zayas, el donante reencontrado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXII, 2004, pp. 84 / lám. 5.

Guichard, Hélène (éd.), Des animaux et des pharaons, le règne animal dans l'Egypte ancienne, Somogy éditions d'art, París, 2014, pp. 322, 353.

Location +

Madrid - Museo Arqueológico Nacional (Deposit)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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