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Statuette of Horus spearing an antelope

Period:
Late Period
Date:
664–525 BC
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 24.4 cm (9 5/8 in.); W. 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); D. 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1945
Accession Number:
45.2.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Elaborately posed, this statue represents Horus striding and spearing an ibex, identifying the god as Horus of Hebenu. The animal in this instance brings connotations of the desert and chaos, which the god overcomes. Hebenu was located at Kom el Ahmar in Middle of Egypt.

The dedication names a primary donor and an agent who facilitated the donation and was a member of the temple staff of the god. This form of inscription is closely associated with Dynasty 26.
The inscription on the base of the statue runs around all four sides, starting at the front:

Front: Dd mdw Hr.w nb Hbn.w...

Right: ..anx [snb] aHa qAi jAw.t aA nfr pA-di-As.t zA anx-Hr.w ms(.w)

Back: ...tn.t-tA-...

Left: di.n Hr.y...Hr.w Hbn.w Dd-Hr zA Dd-As.t-jw=f-anx

Words spoken: Horus Lord of Hebenu [may he give]

life, [health], great longevity and good old age (to) Padiaset son of Ankhor born of

Teneta...

given by the Chief...of Horus of Hebenu, Djedhor son of Djedasetiufankh

Note: Hebenu was the captial of the 16th nome of Upper Egypt.

Niv Allon 2016
Purchased from Dikran Kelekian, New York, 1945.

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