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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.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationtechnical study
7/14/1999Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; loss compensation; coated
  • 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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ca. 380-343 BCE (Late Period, 30th dynasty)
black steatite
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H: 9 1/4 x W: 5 9/16 x D: 2 1/4 in. (23.5 x 14.1 x 5.7 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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