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An Egyptian Amulet of a Horus Falcon, Saite Period, ca 664 - 525 BC

an exquisite dark-green glazed faience amulet of a Horus falcon, detailed wings with precise cross-hatching sit folded at the bird's side, the bird stands on large and well-defined talons upon a small plinth, the face and hooked beak appear with a deep-browed forward gaze, the head and neck feathers are neatly depicted with incised lines radiating downward and away from the top of the head, an attachment loop protrudes from his back right above the tail feathers that stick out from below his folded wings. 

Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in the ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egypt specialists. T hese various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multi-layered deity in which certain attributes or syncretic r elationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality.  He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner or peregrine,  or as a man with a falcon head; this amulet is an excellent example of the former. 

Dimensions:  Height: 1.6 cm (.62 inches), Mounted height: 3 cm (1.18 inches)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall, a very fine example.  Custom mounted on white marble base.

Provenance:   Private collection of Robert J. Molnar, Hillsdale, NJ, acquired in the 1960's.

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