Seated Statuette of Pepy I with Horus Falcon
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
King Pepy I sits on his throne wearing the tall white crown of Upper Egypt and an enveloping cloak associated with the Jubilee, a festival that demonstrated the king’s continued vigor after the first thirty years of his reign (though it was sometimes celebrated earlier).
Some scholars have suggested that the Egyptians created votive animal mummies to use in this festival.
Egyptian alabaster, traces of Egyptian blue, red pigment, and gypsum
ca. 2338-2298 B.C.E.
10 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (26.7 x 6.98 x 15.9 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by 1939, acquired by Marguerite and Paul Mallon of Paris, France and New York, NY; 1939, purchased from Marguerite and Paul Mallon by the Brooklyn Museum.
Seated Statuette of Pepy I with Horus Falcon, ca. 2338-2298 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster, traces of Egyptian blue, red pigment, and gypsum, 10 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 6 1/4 in. (26.7 x 6.98 x 15.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.120. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 39.120_SL3.jpg)
overall, 39.120_SL3.jpg., 2018
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What is this made out of
That is made of Egyptian alabaster which refers to calcite.
It is a depiction of an Egyptian King, Pepy I. Take note of the falcon behind his crown. The god of kingship, Horus, was often depicted as a falcon. This statue emphasizes the close relationship between the king and god.
Why is Pepy I shown seated?
In this statue, the king is shown sitting on a throne. In art, the throne is one of many ways to indicate the king plus it provides ample surface for inscriptions and decoration. The sides of this throne show intertwined lotus and sedge plants, a common symbol of a united Upper and Lower Egypt known as a sema tawy motif. The back of the throne is covered with a serekh, the most ancient way to indicate an Egyptian king’s name.