AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF ISIS AND HORUS, LATE PERIOD, 25TH/26TH DYNASTY, 747-525 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF ISIS AND HORUS, LATE PERIOD, 25TH/26TH DYNASTY, 747-525 B.C.

Height: 22.7 cm; 9 in

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PROVENANCE
Nicholas Tano (1866-1924), Cairo, Egypt
Private collection, North America; acquired 1960s-1970s
Sotheby’s, London, June 12th, 1993, no. 26
Charles Ede, London, acquired from the above
Private collection, Rome, Italy; acquired from the above January 28th, 1994
Collection number ‘213’ in pen and encircled on the base

CATALOGUE NOTE
The myth of Isis, Horus and Osiris is the central tale of Egyptian mythology. In it, Osiris, the king of the gods is murdered by his brother, Set. Devastated, his sister & wife, Isis, decides she will resurrect her husband by finding his dismembered body parts and piecing him back together. As a result of her labors, they’re able to conceive a son, Horus, who goes on to avenge his father by defeating Set and becoming the next king of the gods.

The present example is a common depiction of Isis and Horus as the divine mother and son that became popularized during the Late Period. Here Isis is shown seated and nursing Horus (often referred to as Harpocrates when depicted as a child). A vulture headdress with a uraeus and sun disc sit atop her head, set between horns. Her almond shape eyes are beautifully inlaid with silver. Her feet sit atop a plinth inscribed with a single line of hieroglyphic text which reads: “‘May Isis give protection for Hery, son of the controller of the estate, Djehuty-em-heb-ken”. The nursing motif is fitting for Isis, who during this time period was worshipped mainly as a protectress of mother’s and children. Fascinatingly, the “nursing” pose has endured time and become a recognizable iconography in Western art, particularly as it relates to baby Jesus and the Madonna.


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