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Isis and Horus

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 8.8 × W. 2.8 × D. 3.4 cm (3 7/16 × 1 1/8 × 1 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of James Douglas, 1890
Accession Number:
90.6.149
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Isis with the child Horus on her lap was a frequent subject of small sculpture donated to temples. Wooden examples like this one are rarely preserved because of their susceptibility to ground conditions and white ants, but must have been very numerous.

Isis' eyes were originally inlaid, and the tenon on top of her head would have fitted into a separate crown of probably gilded wood or metal.
Collection of Dr. James Douglas, Quebec City. This piece was probably acquired between 1851–1865, when he is known to have traveled and collected in Egypt. Donated to the Museum by his son James S. Douglas, 1890.

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