Figurine of Isis with child Horus

Egyptian
Greco-Roman Period
399–300 B.C.


Dimensions

Overall: 14 x 3 x 6cm (5 1/2 x 1 3/16 x 2 3/8in.)

Accession Number

1971.645

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Two-color faience statuette of Isis nursing the infant Horus. The upper part of Horus’s body is now missing, as are Isis’s arms. An unusually large example of this type of figurine in faience. The hard faience is characteristic of the last dynasties and the first part of the Ptolemaic Period. The throne of the goddess has incised details and the heraldic plants symbolizing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt are indicated on the back. The emblem on the head of Isis is an archaic throne which serves as the hieroglyph for her name.

Provenance

By 1971, with Charles D. Kelekian, New York; purchased by the MFA from Charles D. Kelekian, December 8, 1971.

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund