Egyptian - Horus Hawk, about 331 BC-323 BC

Egyptian

Horus Hawk, about 331 BC-323 BC

Granite, 54.3 x 49.5 x 23.5 cm (21 3/8 x 19 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.) overall

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Accession number

S5c9

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome for 600 lire on 13 April 1895, lot 167.

Bibliography

Galleria Sangiorgi. Collection de Tableaux et d'Objets d'Art qui Seront Vendus Pour le Compte de la Banque Populaire et Caisse d'Epargne de Gènes... (Rome, 6 April 1895), p. 29, lot 167. (entitled "Ibis"; as Egyptian)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 44. (Egyptian, Ptolemaic, 330-323 BC)
Judith E Hanhisalo. “Horus: The Divine Falcon.” Fenway Court (1971), pp. 22-27, nos. 1-4. (Egyptian, 4th century BC)
Cornelius C. Vermeule III et al. Sculpture in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1977), pp. 2-3, no. 3. (Egyptian, probably Ptolemaic, about 331-323 BC)
Hilliard Goldfarb. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Companion Guide and History (Boston, 1995), p. 45. (Egyptian, Ptolemaic)


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Commentary

Horus was an ancient Egyptian god who appeared as a falcon and whose eyes were believed to represent the sun and the moon. Between 1874 and 1875, Gardner traveled to Egypt and journeyed down the Nile with her husband. She became enamored with its antiquities and writes in her travel journal a visit to the pyramids that "my heart went out to the Sphinx."

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