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Amulet of Isis suckling Harpocrates

Amulet of Isis suckling Harpocrates
© BA Antiquities Museum/H. Mady


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Amulet of Isis suckling Harpocrates

Category:
  • Religious / Cult objects, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Harpocrates
  • Religious / Cult objects, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Isis
  • Tomb equipment, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Isis
Date:
Ancient Egyptian period, Late Period (664-332 BCE)      
Provenance:
Unknown
Material(s):
Man made material, faience
Height:
4.5 cm
Hall:
In the Afterlife, showcase 5


Description

Amulet in faience representing Isis suckling her son Horus who is sitting on her lap. Her head is surmounted by the Hathoric crown.

Divine Suckling

According to the Osirian myth, the  problem of royal succession was one of the main issues, and divine suckling had, at first, an exclusively royal meaning. The goddess milk was needed to ensure the king’s rebirth as full king, either in the Netherworld after his death or on earth, each time the power was transmitted or renewed (namely on coronation and jubilees).

Amulets of Isis suckling Horus

Amulets of Isis suckling her son , made of glazed compositions, were placed in tombs to guarantee rebirth and endow the deceased with the protection of Isis.


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

Bibliography
  • Andrews, Carol. Egyptian Amulets. London :British Museum, 1994.
  • D'Aria, Sue et al. Mummies and Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1988.
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