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Full Screen Egyptian Steatite Cippus of Horus
 
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CIVILIZATION Egyptian
PERIOD Late-Ptolemaic
DATE circa 3rd Century B.C.
MATERIAL Steatite
MOUNTED Yes

Egyptian Steatite Cippus of Horus

Late-Ptolemaic, circa 3rd Century B.C.

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Depicting Horus, indicated by a fragmented side lock of youth falling over his right shoulder, the god standing nude over a crocodile, holding snakes and scorpions in each hand, inscribed with hieroglyphs on the reverse and base with five columns of protective magical spells. Mounted.

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 (cippus), or magical stela, 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.


Height: 1 2/5" (3.5cm)
Provenance:
ex. British Private Collection, 1950s.
Condition:
Top of Cippus missing, as shown on images, otherwise intact.
Bibliography:
cf. Brooklyn Museum of Fine Arts, accession no. 60.73, for a similar but intact example. External link
For a stone Cippus with a related composition see: Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt., p. 132.
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CATEGORY Egyptian
PERIOD Late-Ptolemaic
DATE circa 3rd Century B.C.
MATERIAL Steatite
MOUNTED Yes
 
 
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