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Artist: Unknown Artist Primary
Date: Modern Reproduction
Dimensions: 7.48 x 1.97 x 2.76 in. (19 x 5 x 7 cm)
Object Type: Plaster Cast
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Medium and Support: Plaster Cast
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, 2021.
Accession Number: TC2021.01
Not on view.

This replica from the Caproni Collection is noted in the antique P.P. Caproni and Brother catalogs as being in the collection of the Louvre Museum. Based on the iconography the figure appears to be the Egyptian god Khonsu.

Khonsu or ḫnsw was part of the "Theban Triad" of gods along with Amun-Ra and Mut. Together the three formed a mythological family group with Khonsu as the child of Amun and Mut. He was considered to be both a lunar and creator deity and was worshipped in the Karnak Temple complex in the ancient capital city of Thebes -- now modern day Luxor. In this statuette, he is shown seated on a throne wearing a headdress with a full moon held by a crescent moon on top of a tripartite wig with a uraeus cobra. He also wears the curled false beard associated with ancient Egyptian gods. He is holding both a crook and a flail symbols of the dual nature of Egytian kingship. Kings, as well as gods, had the responsibility to be nurturing and protective of their people -- illustrated by the crook -- but also ready with the flail to resort to violence if necessary to maintain order.

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