Egyptian Faience Isis Nursing Horus

Egyptian Faience Isis Nursing Horus

An ancient Egyptian light green faience amulet of Isis enthroned nursing the infant Harpokrates. The goddess sits on a high-backed throne and wears a long close fitting dress, and a solar disk crown with cows horns.

Saite Period, 26th Dynasty,
Ca. 664-525 BC.
Height: 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm).

Isis was the wife of Osiris, protector and patron of women, and model of conjugal love. She is often depicted suckling the infant Harpokrates. Later regarded as a healer, she became associated with Demeter, Aphrodite, and Hathor.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 22.

Formerly in an English private collection.

Inv#: 3281


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