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    Horus Falcon Finial

    Egyptian. Late Period, Dynasties XXV-XXX (ca. 700-332 BC) bronze Horus Falcon Finial Staff. Topping this elaborate 7" (18 cm) staff is the Horus Falcon, representing Horus, the Egyptian god of the sun and sky, wearing the twin crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt. Supporting the square plinth upon which the falcon rests is a kneeling male figure, most likely representing a Pharaoh (temporal spirit of the god Horus). Falcon and figurine are joined to a conical socket for mounting on a wooden staff. Intricate details suck as the feathered wings and the Uraeus (cobra) snake on the Double Crown are clearly visible through the dark red and green patina, although the minimal encrustations do not mask the fine details of the figurine. The straight upright form of the Falcon, with wings at its side, suggest peace and prosperity in form and in its function as the apex of a ceremonial staff used in a temple procession. Cf. Catalogue General Des Antiquities Egyptiennes De Museum Du Cairo (Paris, 1907), pg. 198, plate XXV, nos. 12525-12527.


    Although bronze renditions of the Horus Falcon are common in Egyptian art, the quality of this representation and the kneeling human figure beneath the plinth make this piece both unique and of great importance. The kneeling Pharaoh may represent Nectanebo II (358-341 BC), who is frequently represented in art as a small figure standing between the talons of a large falcon.

    From the Rose Kujawa Collection. Acquired from Antiquarium, Ltd. in 1985. Purchase paperwork and original Certificate of Authenticity from Antiquarium provided.


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