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Two 26th Dynasty Faience Amulets of the Head of Horus

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Two 26th Dynasty Faience Amulets of the Head of Horus
Here you find a beautiful and rare matched pair of heads of Horus. In dark green faience and in great condition. They date to approx the 26th Dynasty. This potent talisman would sometimes be worn in life as a sign of devotion to the god, and in death would offer the wearer the chance of eternal renewal each morning with the sun. The presence of the sun disk on top of the hawk’s head reveals that this is no ordinary bird, but the might god Hours himself. Very rare examples. Measure 1" inch in height.

Egyptians were fascinated by the might and the majestic nature of the hawk. Horus, one of the most important gods in the Egyptian pantheon and thus often depicted in the form of a hawk/falcon. Son of Isis, Horus was conceived after his father Osiris was resurrected for one night. However he would grow up to avenge his father’s death, therefore Horus was a symbol of victory, the deification of the earthly Pharaoh. Actually in the earliest form of hieroglyphics the symbol of the hawk was a determinative for a god.

Provenance: Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).

Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)

Authentication: Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.



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