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Isis with Infant Horus

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 Graeco-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.

Isis with Infant Horus
Late Period, 26th Dynasty, 664–525 BC
Bronze, gold
H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm), W. 2 3/4 in. (6.99 cm), L. 6 1/2 in. (16.51 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 69.135.6