King with Sistra (Rattles) before Hathor
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Here, in a setting of the world bounded by hieroglyphs for earth and heaven, a king as dutiful son stands with sistra before one form of his mother, the goddess Hathor. As is characteristic of Egyptian goddesses, she holds a papyrus scepter, a symbol of vigor and renewal, and grants the king the "lifetime of Re” and the "years of Atum,” meaning eternal life.
3rd century B.C.E.
7 3/4 x 8 11/16 x 3 1/8 in. (19.7 x 22 x 8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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