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Colossal statue of a falcon (Horus of Nekhen)

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One of the most striking examples of large animal sculpture known from ancient Egypt, this divine falcon is exceptionally well-traveled. It was made for Amenhotep III's temple at Soleb in the Sudan, in celebration of his jubilee. Seven centuries later, long after the temple and its cult had...

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Provenance

From Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, body found at Gebel Barkal great temple of Amen, inner court B 502, area III-4. Fragments of feather crown found outside temple B 900, Ex.2. Originally from the temp;e pf Amenhotep III at Soleb. 1919-1920: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1352 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Object Place

Soleb, found at Gebel Barkal, Sudan

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 172 x 52.5 x 105 cm (67 11/16 x 20 11/16 x 41 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.1470

Medium or Technique

Black granodiorite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture