Statue Ka of Pharaoh Auibre Hor

Statue Ka of Pharaoh Auibre Hor
Statue Ka of Pharaoh Auibre Hor

We are used to admiring sculptures from Ancient Egypt that are usually carved in stone. And yet, here we find a work made of wood. A work depicting Pharaoh Auibre Hor of the XIII Dynasty and currently housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

One of the first elements that attract attention are the two arms at right angles and with open palms that he carries above his head. A symbol that is difficult to understand, although most scholars think it would be an attribute to keep evil away.


Statue Ka of Pharaoh Auibre Hor

The figure was originally found in the area of ​​the Pyramids of Dashur where this pharaoh would be buried. And it seems a miracle that it was preserved so extraordinarily well there, considering the material from which it is carved. In fact, it is complete, except for two external elements that have been lost, such as the baton or the scepter that he would carry in both hands.

These two elements are the only ones that are missing from the attributes with which the pharaohs are always represented, since in this case neither their ritual wig nor the long divine beard of the Egyptian rulers are missing.

Both that beard, as well as the wig and even the eyebrows would be colored with gold leaf, since there is some trace left on them. And what has arrived are the eyes made with a combination ofbronze, quartz and rock crystal for the pupils.

Researchers describe it as a Ka statue, which means that it was a representation of the pharaoh, of his soul, which had to remain in the burial chamber itself to care for the deceased

This type of statues were very important in the conception of the soul and death for the Egyptians. And they even painted food on the walls thinking that it would be the food of the Ka statue and through it the mummified body could benefit.

That is, somehow the sculptors, and in general the artists of Ancient Egypt made animated creations, which had to come to life at a given moment. For this they even had a mysterious ritual. Rituals that only artists should know. In this way, the sagas of sculptures were not only passed from father to son the instruments of work or the tricks of their trade. They also passed these types of rituals to each other, which were authentic treasures for them, since that meant that they did not lack clients who commissioned this type of work.

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