Posts Tagged ‘Horus’

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Horus was one of the most significant of the ancient Egyptian gods. He was usually depicted as a falcon headed man. Most notably, he was regarded as being the god of sun, the sky, war and hunting. It may be from this latter function that the image of the falcon is taken. Horus was the first national god for the kingdom of Egypt and later became the patron god of the Pharaohs, who in turn came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus during their lives. For this reason, some depictions of Horus shows him wearing a crown similar to that worn by the Pharaohs.

This Horus-falcon statue dates from around 600 BCE and can be seen in the British Museum.