A superb quartzite head of Horus statue is expected to see some of the highest bids in Ancient Resource's July 27 auction in Glendale, California.
The bust represents Horus, one of the oldest and most significant deities in the ancient Egyptian religion, as the god of sun, war and protection. It is valued at $20,000-30,000.
The value of the piece is further increased by two carvings on the back of Horus' head, one of which represents an ibis, likely representing the god Thoth, and the other being the cartouche of King Ramesses II (1303-1213 BC), who is regarded as the greatest pharaoh of the Egyptian empire.
The carvings, along with the cut of the head, indicate the the bust was once part of a much larger figure. There are several complete pieces known depicting Horus in falcon form standing above a seated Ramesses II.
Also featuring in the sale is a wonderfully carved 15th-16th century Renaissance bust of a young boy in the classical Roman style, which is also expected to see bids in the region of $20,000-30,000.
The piece is carved from white marble and has soft, rounded features. It has been remarkably well preserved and is accompanied by a socle made of white marble with black veins, which was likely a later addition.
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