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Item:183537549862600/332 BC – Egypt Egyptian faience amulet of Bastet Material: faience. Dating: Egyptian, Late period, 600/332 BC Origin: Egypt. Dimensions: 20 mm high, 6 mm wide, 11 mm deep Condition: In good condition From the very earliest of times, the falcon seems to have been worshipped in Egypt as representative of the greatest cosmic powers. Many falcon gods existed throughout Egypt, though over time, a good number of these assimilated to Horus, the most important of the avian deities. Yet, from all his of many forms, it is nearly impossible to distinguish the "true" Horus. Horus is mostly a general term for a great number of falcon deities. Horus is one of ancient Egypt's best known gods, as well as one of its oldest. His name is attested to from at least the beginning of the Dynastic Period, and depictions of falcon deities on earlier artifacts, such as the Narmer Palette, probably represent this same god. The Turin Canon, which provides some of our most important information on Egypt's early history, specifically describes the Predynastic rulers of Egypt as "Followers of Horus". The use of his name was also widespread in personal names throughout Egyptian history, and Hor, as a personal name, survives into our modern era in a number of different forms.
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AUTH ANCIENT Egypt Faience Statue amulet of Horus as a falcon Ptolemaic Pendant