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Horus the Child Standing on Crocodiles
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Horus the Child Standing on Crocodiles


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Description Horus the Child stands on crocodiles and controls snakes, scorpions, an oryx, and a lion. Called a "cippus," this is a magical device believed to ward off poisonous and dangerous animals and to heal those who had been bitten or stung. Liquid would be poured over the "cippus" to absorb the strength of the images and spells and then be drunk by, or poured on, the afflicted.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationtechnical study
2/01/1941Treatmentcleaned
10/20/1998Examinationsurvey
7/14/1999Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; loss compensation; coated
Exhibitions
  • Ägypten Griechenland Rom: Abwehr und Berührung. Staedtische Galerie Liebieghaus, Frankfurt am Main. 2005-2006.
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 380-343 BCE (Late Period, 30th dynasty)
Medium
black steatite
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.140
Measurements
H: 9 1/4 x W: 5 9/16 x D: 2 1/4 in. (23.5 x 14.1 x 5.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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