Base of a cippus

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Fayoum (?)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 18.5 x 16 x 6.5cm (7 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 2 9/16in.)

Accession Number

05.90a-b

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Limestone in the form of a semi-cylinder, on top of which are two somewhat mutilated crocodiles. These probably served as a base for a standing Horus, as in the British Museum there is an instance of this. The base is elaborately inscribed, and on one side is depicted Horshed hunting from a chariot. The fragment is a small piece shaped somewhat like a thumb.

Provenance

Possibly from the Fayoum (?). 1905: Throdore M. Davis Collection; 1905: Given by Theodore M. Davis to the MFA.

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis