Inlay in the form of Qebehsenuef

An Inlay: a hawk headed deity figure, (Ra). Broken and mended. Moulded, with a section of rod inlay. Dark blue, semi-translucent glass; opaque white and red, and translucent green.

Historical period(s)
Ptolemaic Dynasty, 305-30 BCE
Medium
Glass
Dimensions
H (overall): 7 cm (2 3/4 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.744
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Glass
Type

Inlay figure

Keywords
Egypt, Horus, molding, mosaic glass, Ptolemaic Dynasty (305 - 30 BCE)
Provenance

To 1909
Giovanni Dattari (circa 1858-1923), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Giovanni Dattari in 1909 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See S.I. 189, Miscellaneous List, Egyptian Glass, pgs. 1 and 34, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. This piece is part of a collection of glass that was purchased en bloc and includes 1,388 specimens (for further purchase information, see the folder for F1909.332).

[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
Giovanni Dattari (C.L. Freer source) 1858 - 1923

Description

An Inlay: a hawk headed deity figure, (Ra). Broken and mended. Moulded, with a section of rod inlay. Dark blue, semi-translucent glass; opaque white and red, and translucent green.

Label

From the New Kingdom (ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.) onward, Egyptian artisans used glass to fashion small objects such as jewelry, amulets, and miniatures. They also combined glass with other materials, often metal or wood. Colored glass inlays formed in molds adorned a variety of objects, including jewelry, furniture, and coffins.

This inlay is made in the form of Qebehsenuef, one of the mythological four sons of the god Horus; he was typically depicted with the head of a falcon on a mummiform human body. This inlay was most likely used on a coffin; the four sons of Horus protected the internal organs of the deceased and their images were often depicted on the canopic jars in which mummified organs were stored. Qebehsenuef specifically watched over the lungs.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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