Bronze figure of Horus of Pe
Late Period, after 600 BC
Horus of Pe, performing a ritual dance
This falcon-headed deity is associated with
Buto, the ancient capital of the Nile Delta in Egypt before the
unification of Lower and Upper Egypt.
The figures are traditionally shown kneeling on one knee, with one arm raised and the other crossing the chest. It is likely that this unusual pose was part of a ritual dance. The left arm of the figure was cast separately to achieve the pose.
The eyes, cheeks and wig of this statuette were once inlaid, though no fragments have survived to indicate the materials used. The textured surface of the body perhaps indicates that it was covered with gold leaf. This suggests that the figure was dedicated by a very wealthy individual, perhaps even the king himself. Unfortunately the base of the statuette, which would probably have been inscribed with the name of the owner, is lost.
C.A.R. Andrews, Eternal Egypt: treasures from, exh. cat. (Hong Kong, Museum of Art, 1998)