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Seated Figure of Isis Holding Horus on Her Knees

Culture Egyptian
Title Seated Figure of Isis Holding Horus on Her Knees
Date 664–525 BCE
Medium Bronze and gold
Dimensions Object: 10 7/8 × 6 1/2 in. (27.6 × 16.5 cm)
Overall: 10 7/8 × 6 1/2 in. (27.6 × 16.5 cm)
Credit Line Burton Y. Berry Collection, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 69.135.6

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Osiris, Isis, and their child, Horus, were three of the major Egyptian deities. Osiris became the god of the underworld and the protector of the dead. Isis was known to protect all those in need, especially mothers and children. Horus was also a protector of the living and was known as god of the sky. This statuette of Isis nursing her son illustrates the maternal aspect of the goddess. This composition was popular in the Late Dynastic period and continued to appear under Greco-Roman rule. The popularity of the cult of Isis, in fact, spread throughout the Roman Empire. Note that inlaid eyes enliven the bronze figure and that Isis wears a gold necklace.

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