Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Statuette of a goddess

Period:
First Millennium B.C.
Date:
7th–1st century B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H: 20.3 cm (8 in); W. 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in); D. 17.8 cm (7 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ernest L. Folk III Bequest, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.86
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This small magical figure represents Isis-Hedjedet (Isis-scorpion). The goddess kneels with a Hathor emblem in front of her. Four rearing cobras, two on each side, separate the emblem from the goddess's knees. On her lap is a mummified figure of the god Osiris and on her head is a scorpion. On the back of the statuette is a head of the god Bes with a winged scarab beneath.
Formerly in the collection of Egyptologist Gustav Jéquier of Switzerland (d. 1946). Entered the United States before 1950 with the Jéquier family who then moved to Canada in 1989. Passed through the Jéquier family by descent until 2008 when the collection was sold through a dealer in Victoria, British Columbia, to William Jamieson in Toronto. Statuette purchased from Jamieson by the Museum, 2009.

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