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  • Description

    Bronze figure of Horus, standing and wearing Roman military costume, one arm raised, the other is broken-off below shoulder.

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48.5 centimetres
    • Width: 30.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 14 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Cleopatra's Egypt, Brooklyn 1988, pp. 245-246 [134] = Kleopatra, Mainz 1989, pp. 304-305 [128].

  • Bibliography

    • Brooklyn 1988 no. 134 bibliographic details
    • Shaw & Nicholson 1995 p246 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2011 10 feb- 10 June, Coventry, Herbert Museum, Secret Egypt 2013, - 2014 21 Sep - 05 Jan, Bristol Museum + Art Gallery, Roman Empire: Power + People 2014, 25 Jan - 27 Apr, Norwich Castle, Roman Empire + People

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    good (one arm missing)

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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