Figurine of Isis with child Horus

Greco-Roman Period
399–300 B.C.


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

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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