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Statuette of Isis and Horus

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
400–200 BC
From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina)
Blue faience
H. 12.9 × W. 3.7 × D. 7.2 cm (5 1/16 × 1 7/16 × 2 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The child Horus is missing, but the smiling figure of his mother Isis is preserved. On her head she wears the customary hieroglyph for her name over a vulture cap and an echolonned wig. Her nurturing breasts are round and prominent as is characteristic of the Ptolemaic Period. The feather pattern on her throne is supplemented by a small sema-tawy, unification symbol, inidicative of royalty.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased in Cairo probably by Howard Carter in 1918 for Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923). Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Wallis, Henry 1898. Egyptian Ceramic Art: the MacGregor collection ; a contribution towards the history of Egyptian pottery. London: Taylor and Francis.

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