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Harpocrates, Horus-The-Child<br>Sakhmet, Lioness-Goddess Of Memphis, Goddess Of War And Fertility, stela depicting Harpocrates and Sakhmet


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Title stela depicting Harpocrates and Sakhmet
Collection Artworld: Oriental Museum
Artist Harpocrates, Horus-The-Child
Sakhmet, Lioness-Goddess Of Memphis, Goddess Of War And Fertility
Date 30 BCE - 395 CE
Description Round-topped stela in very good quality raised relief with Harpocrates (see notes) in the centre striding right, holding a staff with a ?gazelle head in his left hand and an ankh-symbol in his right hand. He wears a costume of near eastern origin with two sashes crossing over at the front and a long tail of hair from the crown of the head to the ground behind him. There is a ureaus on the front. Behind Harpocrates on the left hand side is Sakhmet as a lion-headed woman crowned with a sun-disk and ureaus, holding a rod in her left hand and an ankh-symbol in her right hand, wearing a sheath dress. The right hand side of the stela is damaged but the remains of an offering table can be seen. A frieze of 16 ureai with sun-disks runs across the top. On either side of Harpocrates' head are rectangular blocks.
Description Source Birch, S. 1880. Catalogue of the Collection of Egyptian Antiquities at Alnwick Castle, London: R. Clay, Sons, and Taylor, p. 29
Cultural Context Egyptian
Id Number Former Accession N273
Location Creation Site Misr
Location Current Repository The Oriental Museum
Subject architecture, architectural element, stela, funerary, votive, god
Measurements 19 x 28.8 x 4 cm
Notes Is the god depicted Harpocrates or actually a Near Eastern god;
Relation References Hart, G. 1986. A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. London New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul
Rights Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved
Rights Owner OM
Style Period Graeco-Roman Period, Roman Period
Work Type stela
 

 

 

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