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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA51100

  • Description

    Limestone seated figure of Horus wearing Roman military costume; traces of paint; arms lost. The figure originally wore a crown, probably of another material, inserted into the top of the head. The falcon head is rendered with careful attention to the feathering around the face; the eyes are human and the pupils are incised. The feathers of the falcon god double as the scales of a mail shirt (described by the modern term lorica plumata), the sleeves of which end below the shoulders. A knotted cingulum encircles the waist, dropping to the hips in contrast to the more typically depicted position at a soldier's natural waist. A cloak fastened at the right shoulder by a round plate fibula is pushed back over the shoulders. A separate garment covers the legs. The attitude is one of casual repose, common to images of senior Graeco-Roman deities.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC-3rdC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54.5 centimetres
    • Width: 31.8 centimetres
    • Depth: 25.8 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published:
    Ein Gott 215, no. 62, p. 67.

  • Bibliography

    • Marseille 1997 no. 252 (and cover image) bibliographic details
    • Frankfurt 2005 no.196 bibliographic details
    • Budge 1922 p.273 bibliographic details
    • Fluck et al. 2015 p.65 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2006-2007, Frankfurt, Museum Alter Plastic, Egypt, Greece and Rome 2013, - 2014 21 Sep - 05 Jan, Bristol Museum + Art Gallery, Roman Empire: Power + People 2014, 25 Jan - 27 Apr, Norwich Castle, Roman Empire + People
    2014, 15 May - 31 Aug, Coventry, Herbert Museum, Roman Empire + People 2014 -2015, 20 Sep - 4 Jan, Manchester, Roman Empire + People 2015, 24 Jan - 10 May, Dundee, Roman Empire + People 2015, 30 May - 13 Sep, Tyne & Wear, Roman Empire + People
    2015-2016, Oct 29-Feb 7, London, BM, G35, Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs.

  • Condition

    fair (incomplete -arms missing)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1912

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA51100

  • Registration number

    1912,0608.109

Limestone seated figure of Horus wearing Roman military costume; traces of paint; arms lost. The falcon head is rendered with careful attention to the feathering around the face; the eyes are human and the pupils are incised. The figure wears a cloak fast

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Limestone seated figure of Horus wearing Roman military costume; traces of paint; arms lost. The falcon head is rendered with careful attention to the feathering around the face; the eyes are human and the pupils are incised. The figure wears a cloak fast

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