Basalt hawk-headed god Khonsu, Dyn. 20

Basalt hawk-headed god Khonsu, Dyn. 20
Period:Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, Ramesses III/Usermaatre-Meriamun
Dating:1185 BC–1145 BC
Origin:Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Physical:10.1cm. (3.9 in.) - 275 g. (9.7 oz.)

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  This basalt stone statuette depicts a seated figure of the hawk-headed god Khonsu, son of Amun and Mut in the Theban divine triad. Late New Kingdom, beginning of Dynasty 20 (1185-1145 BC).

“In the 20th Dynasty (1186-1069 BC) a temple of Khonsu was built within the precincts of the temple of Amun at Karnak” (Shaw & Nicholson 1995:151).

Intrigued by the feminine appearance of the chest, Khalil (1976:[2]269-275) offered two alternate interpretations. The simplest is that the modeling reflects some of the New Kingdom aesthetic canons for royal iconography, in which a voluminous chest was a sign of royal strength, as seen on the statue of Thutmose III in this collection. An alternate reading of this sculpture, derived from Dr. Abu Bakr’s interpretation of certain Old Kingdom artifacts, sees the falcon head as the father principle, the breasts as the mother principle, and the fusion of these as the son, resulting in a familial trinity embodied in a single subject.

Bibliography (for this item)

Khalil, Hassan M.
1976 Preliminary Studies on the Sanusret Collection. Manuscript, Musée l’Egypte et le Monde Antique, Monaco-Ville, Monaco. ([2]269-275)

Shaw, Ian, and Paul Nicholson
1995 The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press, London, United Kingdom. (133, 151)

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