The undisputed master of the Egyptian sky, the peregrine falcon was considered to be a divine animal.
Several gods, mainly Horus, were represented in the form of a falcon or a hawk-headed man.
The bird, in this case, is portrayed standing still, in a deliberately simplified and massive shape. The eyes of the original statue are inlaid with flint and express the cruelty of a bird of prey.
The ancient Egyptians had elaborated a metaphysical system based on the eye of Horus, which symbolized universal fertility. The two eyes of the falcon-god were sometimes compared to the sun and the moon.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 19 cm.
Width: 7 cm
Depth: 13 cm
Weight: 1.5 kg
Origin: Egypt, Roman sebennytic period
Period: About the 4th century BC, XXXth Dynasty (378-342)
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum