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Funerary Figure of Qebehsenuef

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
ca. 400–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Tuna el-Gebel
Medium:
Plastered and painted wood
Dimensions:
H. 39.7 cm (15 5/8 in.); W. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.); D. 25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.37c
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
This falcon-headed figure represents the god Qebehsenuef, who protected the intestines. He is one of the four so-called sons of Horus that are often depicted as mummies, each with a different head (for the other three statuettes belonging to the same set, see 12.182.37a-b, d). The sons of Horus were deities who protected the internal organs and are probably best known from their representations on the lids of the canopic jars that contained mummified viscera. They were also thought to assist in the process of mummification and to provide nourishment, possibly because they were associated with the internal organs. Thus they had a general protective function for the deceased.
Purchased in Egypt from Maurice Nahman, 1912.

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