Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Hathor / Bat emblem

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
ca. 1570–1479 B.C.
From Egypt
Elephant ivory, blue pigment
H. 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in); W. 1.9 cm (3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
The face and horns of this early goddess face have the wig, collar and naos acquired when the Bat emblem was combined with Hathor’s sistrum in the Middle Kingdom. The wig with curls was worn by queens and private women from the Middle Kingdom to the early New Kingdom, and was adopted to adorn the Bat face when in that period it was first incorporated into the sistrum emblematic of Hathor. A small uraeus crowned with a sun disk appears in the doorway of the naos. Traces of color appear on the small ivory – blue in the collar and hair, red in the space between the volutes and the naos, and bits of gesso(?).
Acquired by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923). Carnarvon Collection. Collection acquired by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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