Figure of Isis and Horus - 910.17.38_3


Figure of Isis and Horus

Medium:Solid cast bronze finished with hand tools
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
13.65 cm
Object number: 910.17.38
Not on view

The goddess Isis was one of the most powerful and beloved deities of Ancient Egypt. As the sister-wife of Osiris and mother of his son, Horus, she was renowned for fidelity to her husband and devotion to her son.  All Egyptians wanted to be under her motherly protection.  Amulets and statuettes of her in her role as devoted mother were extremely popular, and provided the model for later Christian images of Mary and Jesus.

In this statuette, Isis wears the sun disk and cow horns of Hathor, to associate her with that goddess.  The   association with Hathor adds the qualities of sensuality, fertility and joy in music, dance, and drunkenness to Isis  otherwise more sober attributes. Horus sits on her lap, a weak and naked baby, but already wearing the uraeus of  kingship.

Such bronze images were often buried near shrines and temples in considerable numbers as votive offerings.  In such cases, the statues were usually wrapped in linen.  The linen that should shroud this image has  been lost, along with the feet of the goddess and the tips of the cow's horns in her headdress.

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