Figurine of the god Horus-the-Child

Bronze seated statuette of the god Harpocrates (no throne). Nemes headdress with side-lock, eyes and necklace inlaid in gold. Stripes of headdress inlaid in copper (?). Right hand to mouth, left hand by thigh. Feet rest on base, sides of which are inscribed; front of base lost.

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 26, ca. 525-520 BCE
Medium
Bronze, gold, copper, silver, with black paint
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm (5 7/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 5/16 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1908.48
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure: god

Keywords
casting, Egypt, Horus, inlay, Saite Dynasty 26 (664 - 525 BCE)
Provenance

To 1908
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, in 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 46, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Maurice Nahman (C.L. Freer source) 1868 - 1948

Description

Bronze seated statuette of the god Harpocrates (no throne). Nemes headdress with side-lock, eyes and necklace inlaid in gold. Stripes of headdress inlaid in copper (?). Right hand to mouth, left hand by thigh. Feet rest on base, sides of which are inscribed; front of base lost.

Inscription(s)

Inscription on the base.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 100, fig. 4.8.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum