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Horus from a royal figure

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This is a fragment from the back of a royal statue, showing the god Horus as a falcon. The outspread wings, tail, and feet are broken off. The falcon originally stood behind the king's head. There is a small fragment of the head still attached to the beak.


From Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, K II Upper Deffufa room A. 1914: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom (?), possibly Dynasty 4–6, 2625–2170 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 17.5 x 8.2 x 8 cm (6 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World