Date ca. 2500 BCE
Movement Egyptian | Old Kingdom | 4th Dynasty
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.