Cippus of Horus on the Crocodiles
The Egyptians believed Isis had raised Horus by hiding him in the marshes from his enemy, Seth. The legend of Horus’s healing from scorpion stings and snakebites in the marshes was the basis for cippi, or magical stelae, such as this one. With proper recitations, a liquid poured over the stela by either the owner, a priest, or a physician would be charged with the power of the inscribed spells and images. Persons who desired a cure or protection against poisonous wounds could drink this liquid or pour it over themselves.
- Medium: Steatite
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 3rd century B.C.E.
- Period: Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 9 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/16 in. (23.2 x 13.5 x 5.6 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
- Accession Number: 60.73
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: 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
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)