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Egyptian painted wood figure of a Horus falcon

E100

£450.00

Out of stock

A carved wood figure of a falcon with extensive red, yellow, blue, white and black painted details. The back of the falcon is decorated with a rosette probably representing a counterpoise for a necklace.

The falcon was the animal form of the god Horus. Figures such as this were considered protective and often placed on the four corners of a sarcophagus.

Culture
Egypt, Late Dynastic or Ptolemaic period, 730-30 BC

Size
10.5 x 16 cms excluding the attachment peg below the body (not original to the sculpture).

Condition
Losses and wear as shown

Provenance
Ex. collection: Sir William Whitfield (1920-2019), St Helen Hall, St Helen Auckland, Co. Durham, UK; acquired in the UK during the 1940’s.

Sir William Whitfield was a prominent architect during the 1960’s and 1970’s, for further reading please see:
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/apr/03/sir-william-whitfield-obituary

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