The Art of Egypt



Statuette of Isis and Horus

Thirtieth Dynasty-Early Ptolemaic Period, ca. 380-200 B.C. Faience. Gift in memory of Dr. Charles Shute. 2000.4

This exquisitely detailed statuette shows the goddess Isis nursing her son, Horus. Isis and Horus were frequently depicted in this pose in the form of amulets, or charms. Amulets were worn as personal ornaments and protected the wearer or endowed them with certain qualities. Amulets of Isis, particularly when accompanied by her child, Horus, were favored by women, to provide protection during pregnancy and childbirth.

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