Egyptian bronze figurine of Horus the Child

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Object: Egyptian bronze figurine of Horus the Child

Material: Casted bronze.

Period: Late Period of Ancient Egypt,
26th to 31st dynasty,
664 BC to 332 BC.
Possibly made slightly later in the Ptolemaic period.

Description:    Egyptian statuette of child god Horus. The young Horus is shown naked, the left leg set forward striding. The right index finger raised to the mouth, characteristic sidelock. The head is adorned by a feather crown with sun disc and side horns. The statuette has been casted as solid bronze and rests on a rectangular base plate.

Background: The depiction with the finger to the mouth and sidelock is typical for the Egyptian child gods. The term Harpocrates is often used summarily for such gods. In Egyptian mythology the infant Horus was protected by his mother Isis by powerful spells against his enemies. This mythological protection should probably be passed on by the bronze depictions of the Horus child.

Dimensions: 10.2cm high, 3.0cm wide. Including the modern acrylic base the statuette reaches 12.0cm height.

Condition: Perfect condition. Only tiny chips to the base plate. Otherwise fully intact, including the elaborate crown. The surface has been carefully cleaned by a previous owner and exhibits a fine patina. A metal pin below the ancient base plate was used to glue the statuette to a modern acrylic mount, giving it a good stand.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2022 on the German art market. Previoulsy in the German private collection G. B. Acquired 12 December 2019 from the German auction house Gorny & Mosch, auction 268, lot 356. Consigned from the German private collection V. L. Acquired into it between 1925 and 1979 and located in Germany ever since. Parts of the collection were bought at the Swiss dealers Muenzen und Medaillen AG in Basel and Bank Leu in Zuerich.

References: Similar Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23.6.8.

Literature: For the background of Horus the Child depictions see C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, p. 16.

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