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    Isis Nursing Horus

    Isis helped restore Osiris to life and raised their son Horus to avenge his murder. She was thus seen as a deity with great magical power and came to typify the faithful wife and devoted mother. She is shown here nursing the infant Horus. Her throne sits in the embrace of a vulture, a deity that spreads its wings about mother and child in a gesture of protection.

    • Culture: Egyptian
    • Medium: Alabaster, bronze
    • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
    • Dates: ca. 712-525 B.C.E.
    • Dynasty: second half of XXV Dynasty to XXVI Dynasty
    • Period: Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
    • Dimensions: 7 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (18.7 x 5.7 x 13.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
    • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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    • Accession Number: 37.400E
    • Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Egyptian. Isis Nursing Horus, ca. 712-525 B.C.E. Alabaster, bronze, 7 3/8 x 2 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (18.7 x 5.7 x 13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.400E. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: front, 37.400E_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    • Catalogue Description: Green calcite figure of Isis seated and nursing the infant Horus. The sides of the deity's throne are decorated with texts. The stone sculpture is connected to a bronze base by means of flanges on bronze base. The figure is "protected" in the rear and on both sides by a vulture body with wings which curve around towards the front. The wings were once inlaid with red and blue glass. The bird itself was made of two castings: wings and body, legs and tail. They were attached to the body by means of a tang fitting into a slot on the bronze base. Two more slots in the bronze base, located before the goddess, may have been for the attachment of a worshiping figure. The goddess is crowned, in bronze, with a circular frieze of uraei from which rise a cow's horns with solar disk. The sides of the bronze base bear inscriptions.
    • Record Completeness: Best (93%)
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