Egyptian / Statuette of Isis and Horus / 304-30 B.C.E.Egyptian
Statuette of Isis and Horus
304-30 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Statuette of Isis and Horus
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -30
Creation End Date: -3
Creation Date: 304-30 B.C.E.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Statues
Materials and Techniques: Egyptian faience
Dimensions: H. 6 3/4 in. (17 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 55.121.5
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1955

For the ancient Egyptians the image of the goddess Isis suckling her son Horus was a powerful symbol of rebirth that was carried into the Ptolemaic period and later transferred to Rome, where the cult of the goddess was established. This piece of faience sculpture joins the tradition of pharaonic Egypt with the artistic style of the Ptolemaic period. On the goddess's head is the throne hieroglyph that represents her name. She also wears a vulture head-covering reserved for queens and goddesses. Following ancient conventions for indicating childhood, Horus is naked and wears a single lock of hair on the right side of his head.

AMICA ID: MMA_.55.121.5
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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