Statuette of seated goddess Isis with son Horus on her lap - ROM2016_15161_54


Statuette of seated goddess Isis with son Horus on her lap

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
19.5 x 6 x 5.2 cm
Object number: 2002.95.3938
Credit Line: The T. G. H. Drake Collection. Gift Of The Academy Of Medicine, Toronto, And The University Health Network.
Not on view
DescriptionThis statuette represents the goddess Isis nursing her son Horus on her lap. In the Late Period, the role of Isis as mother and protector of Horus came to the forefront.  In myth, after her husband Osiris was killed by his brother Seth, Isis was able to conceive a child with her dead husband.  She became the child's sole protector against the murderous Seth, but also against all the dangers of disease and wild animals that afflict all children. The bronze statuette was probably originally set on a wooden throne. Isis wears a tripartite wig with a vulture head at the front.  A modius decorated with snakes or uraeii supports a crown with a sun disc flanked by cow horns. The tops of both horns are broken off. Isis wears a long tight-fitting undecorated sheath dress. With her right hand Isis clasps her left breast and with her left hand she cradles the head of her son; her fingers are  incised. Horus sits at a right angle to his mother with his arms at his side. He is naked, but a uraeus on his forehead indicates his royal status. The royal and divine imagery served to emphasize the potency of the magic power of Isis to protect and heal. (S.B. Shubert)
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