This sculpture would originally have been part of a full length falcon statue. The head is carved in the round, with an imposing sweep of the orbital ridge above round, lidded eyes. The short beak has incised details, extending over the jaws. There are the remains of the base of Pschent crown and a uraeus on top of the head.
Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel, 27 June 1974, lot 41 French private collection, acquired from the above sale
Horus was one of the most important and oldest gods of the Egyptian pantheon. As the son of Osiris and Isis he served many functions, most notably as Lord of the sky and as the god of kingship. Horus was most often depicted as a falcon or as a falcon-headed man, embodying his role as ruler of the sky. As heir to the divine kingship of Egypt, he is often depicted in his falcon form wearing the Pschent or Double Crown of Egypt with the royal uraeus.
Although now missing there are remains of the base of the double crown on the Kallos example, as well as remnants of a uraeus on the falcon’s forehead. Intact, the positioning of the uraeus lower down on the forehead here would have been very similar to a bronze falcon currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv. no. E 10659.
The cult of Horus remained popular throughout the Late Period and Ptolemaic period with pharaohs such as Nectanebo II invoking close connections with the god. There is a very close parallel in date and style currently in the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Boston, inv. no. S5c9. The Kallos falcon also shares stylistic similarities to the monumental granite sculptures of the falcon god Horus, which stand in the court of the Ptolemaic Temple of Edfu (cf. K. Lange, Agypten. Landschaft und Kunst, Berlin, 1943, 122, 123). The greywacke Horus Protecting King Nectanebo II in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, (acc. no. 34.2.1) is also another related contemporary example: see R. Bianchi, Cleopatra's Egypt: Age of the Ptolemies, Brooklyn, 1988, p. 8.