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A Statuette Of Psamtik I With A Spear

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One of the unique statues from the Late Period is a royal statuette of the 26th Dynasty showing the king holding a spear. The king stands with his left leg, which is now missing, forward. The attitude of the statuette represents the king spearing his enemy, a pose previously unknown in stone sculpture. The theme of spearing an enemy is related to the triumph over evil, which is usually personified by one of the different representations of Seth, for example, as a crocodile or hippopotamus. This is the most logical explanation for the king's pose in the statuette, through which he might be shown to have established his rule as one who has become powerful and victorious over all his enemies. The Statuette represents either the divine ka of Psamtik I, or the king as the incarnation of the triumphant Horus.

Keywords: Horus; Psamtik I; royal statuette; spear; stone sculpture; victorious king



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