|EGYPTIAN BRONZE STRIDING KHONSU-THOTH
Wearing a composite headpiece with a lunar crescent and disk with the ibis head of Thoth, surmounted by the Atef-crown with ram’s horns, plumes, and solar disk. He also wears a tripartite striated wig, khebesout false beard, and a kilt.
Late Period, 664-343 BC
H. 5 1/2 in. (17.1 cm.)
Ex collection W. Arnold Meijer, Netherlands.
Published: Carol A.R. Andrews and Jacobus van Dijk, Objects for Eternity, Egyptian Antiquities from the W. Arnold Meijer Collection, eds ., Mainz, 2006, pp. 172-173, no. 3.04, illus.; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 188.
|Khonsou, in Theban mythology, is the son of Amon and Mout. A cosmic and lunar god, he is often assimilated with Thoth, making it, very much as he, a support of the sky. In the Texts of Pyramids, he is represented as a slaughterous god, using the crescent moon as a weapon to slaughter the men and make offertory to the late king.|