Khafra

Khafra

Date ca. 2500 BCE

Movement Egyptian | Old Kingdom | 4th Dynasty

Medium Diorite

Dimensions height 66”

Provenance Valley Temple of Kahfra, Giza, Egypt

Housed at Egyptian Museum, Cairo


The falcon of Horus serves a double purpose—symbolically placing Khafra amongst the gods and physically protecting the king’s likeness (and therefore, ka) by adding sturdiness to his figure. The king’s frontality, muscular physique, and smooth, ageless facial features help to emphasize his permanence.