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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.
- Production date
Height: 54.50 centimetres
Width: 31.80 centimetres
Depth: 25.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Ein Gott 215, no. 62, p. 67.
- Bibliographic references
Budge 1922 / British Museum. Guide to the fourth, fifth and sixth Egyptian rooms, and the Coptic room (p.273)
Marseille 1997 / Egypte romaine : l'autre Egypte. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Musée d'archéologie méditerranéenne, Marseille, 4 April-13 July 1997. (no. 252) (and cover image)
Frankfurt 2005 / Ägypten, Griechenland, Rom : Abwehr und Berührung ; Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie, 26. November 2005 - 26. Februar 2006 (no.196)
Fluck et al. 2015 / Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs (p.65)
Dyer et al 2014 / Polychromy in Roman Egypt: a study of a limestone sculpture of the Egyptian god Horus (p.93-103, p.94, fig.1-3, p.95, table.1, p.96, fig.5, p.97, fig.6, p.98, fig.7, p.99, fig.8, p.100, fig.9, p.101, fig.10)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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.
2018 23 Feb – 22 Apr, Nashville, Frist Art Museum, 'Rome; City &Empire'
2018-2019 20 Sep-04 Feb, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, 'Rome; City &Empire'
2021 13 Feb-15 Aug, Belgium, Tongeren, Gallo-Romeins Museum, 'Rome; City & Empire'
2021-2022 Aug - Oct, China, Suzhou Museum, 'Rome; City & Empire'
- fair (incomplete -arms missing)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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