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Egyptian Attacking Horus with Inscription

26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC

A bronze figure of striding Horus, right arm raised with hand clenched and hollow to accept a spear, left arm bent with fist clenched; the god with hawk head, tripartite wig and Pschent (double crown) of Upper and Lower Egypt with frontal uraeus; rectangular base with hieroglyphic inscription: 'May Horus, Lord of Heaven, Grant Life, Prosperity, Health, a long lifetime [and a good] old age', with the mother's name '[Nes]gereh'; mounted on a custom-made stand. 667 grams total, 22cm including stand (8 1/2"). Very fine condition.

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Ex Soumekh collection, during the late 1990s and early 2000s; formerly in the private collection of Mr Christopher Laurent, Brussels, Belgium; acquired from a local dealer in 1963; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10120-167437.
Cf. similar upper body pose adopted by Horus of Pe figure in the British Museum, accession number 1880,0210.4, published in Andrews, C., Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum, London,
2000, p.70-71.
The posture represents Horus slaying the evil god Seth, represented as a hippopotamus and particularly seen in reliefs carved on the wall in the outer ambulatory in his principle temple of Ptolemaic date at Edfu.