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Bronze statue of 'Fat Horus', Egypt, 100 BCE-100 CE

Horus is the son of the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris and is sometimes shown as an infant sucking his thumb. In this statue he is holding a horn of plenty, a symbol of plenitude, and is wearing the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt. Horus was also worshipped as a sky god and is often depicted as a man with the head of a falcon. The Eye of Horus was believed to act as a protective amulet with healing properties. This object was bought by Henry Wellcome during a trip to Egypt. Wellcome also built up a network of agents to buy on his behalf.

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Glossary: statue

A sculpture in the round representing human or animal figures or small figure groups; a statuette is a smaller sculpture.