Bust of a Falcon-Headed God



Bust of a Falcon-Headed God


after 1076 BC


Third Intermediate Period or later


Maximum w/out base: 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 5 in. (15.9 x 14 x 12.7 cm)
Maximum inc. Base: 9 x 5 3/4 x 5 in. (22.9 x 14.6 x 12.7 cm)

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The ancient Egyptians venerated certain brids and animals for their unique characteristics. Some, like the falcon, were deified as gods. The falcon's ability to soar high in the sky was linked to the sun god Horus. In hieroglyphs his name is Heru, meaning "the distant one". Other falcon gods, such as the god of war Montu, reflect the preditorial nature of the raptor. The stone used for this sculpture is red quartzite, a stone associated with the sun.

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph A. Lewis, II and Sofi Lewis


Sotheby's New York, The Charles Pankow Collection of Egyptian Art (December 8, 2004), 126. lot 125.


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2016.
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“Bust of a Falcon-Headed God,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed September 18, 2020, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/6644.

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