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Khonsu

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Cupreous metal
Dimensions:
H. 11.3 cm (4 7/6 in.); W. 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.); D. 2 cm (13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.525
Not on view
This figure represents a child deity standing and holding a scepter. The moon disk, sidelock, and close-fitting mummiform garment identifies him as Khonsu the Child, the son of the deities Amun and Mut, who together formed the great Theban triad. The sidelock worn just below the moon disk marks him as a child god. Child gods grew to great prominence in the first millennium BC, and many statuettes of such gods were produced beginning in the Third Intermediate Period through the Ptolemaic Period. After Horus the Child (Harpokrates), the son of Isis and Osiris, Khonsu was one of the most celebrated and most frequently represented child gods.
Donated by Joseph W. Drexel, Philadelphia, 1889.

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