Cippus of Horus on the Crocodiles
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In Egyptian mythology, the goddess Isis raised Horus by hiding him in the marshes from his enemy, Seth. Cippi, or magical stelae, represent Horus’s healing from scorpion stings and snakebites in the marshes. Egyptians believed that a liquid poured over a magical stela could absorb and transfer the power of the stela’s spells and images to the worshipper.
Traditional Egyptian magic and religion such as this thrived throughout the fourth and third centuries B.C.E. despite the largely non-Egyptian origin of the country’s rulers at that time.
3rd century B.C.E.
9 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/16 in. (23.2 x 13.5 x 5.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Black steatite cippus of Horus on the crocodiles, Conventional type with Horus in high relief standing against round top stela and grasping scorpions, lion and gazelle in his hands. Figure of Horus surmounted by head of Bes; Osiris and Min in high relief on background, other deities in sunk relief. All surfaces including under side of base inscribed in hieroglyphic.
Condition: Intact. One chip with loss of text in center of back of stela. Green adhesion (ancient) on back.
Cippus of Horus on the Crocodiles, 3rd century B.C.E. Steatite, 9 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/16 in. (23.2 x 13.5 x 5.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 60.73. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 60.73_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
overall, 60.73_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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