Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A section of gessoed and painted linen representing Horus, god of the sky, war, kingship, and protection - one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt who was also the son of Isis and Osiris and played many roles in the pantheon of Egyptian gods. Horus is depicted as a falcon with a profile head, outspread wings, and feathered body in hues of ochre, black, and white on a blue ground, triangulated by red, blue, ochre, and white striations. Horus wears an orb-shaped crown with a cobra that appears ready to strike; this is a variant of the uraeus usually scene upon the pschent (double crown worn by rulers of ancient Egypt). In ancient Egypt he cobra symbolized the Lower Egyptian goddess Wadjet, and on the pschent was usually joined by a vulture representing Nekhbet, the Upper Egyptian tutelary goddess. A stunning piece mounted on linen and framed in a glass-fronted, black wooden frame. Size: piece itself measures 9.75" W x 7" H (24.8 cm x 17.8 cm); 14" W x 11.25" H (35.6 cm x 28.6 cm) in frame
Condition: A section with losses to peripheries as shown. Surface wear with pigment/gesso losses and some surface fissures.
Provenance: Ex-Private European collection acquired before 1975
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