Hand-patinated reproduction on a black wooden base. Mould made from a print of the original work exhibited at the Louvre.
The undisputed master of the Egyptian sky, the peregrine falcon was considered to be a divine animal.
Several gods, mainly Horus, were represented in the form of a falcon or a hawk-headed man.
The bird, in this case, is portrayed standing still, in a deliberately simplified and massive shape. The eyes of the original statue are inlaid with flint and express the cruelty of a bird of prey.
The ancient Egyptians had elaborated a metaphysical system based on the eye of Horus, which symbolized universal fertility. The two eyes of the falcon-god were sometimes compared to the sun and the moon.
- Dimensions :
- 20,5 (dont 1,5 cm de socle) x 13 x 7 cm
- Material of the original work :
- Basalte noir poli
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- Museum of Conservation :
- Paris, musée du Louvre