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Horus Stele (Cippus)
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Horus Stele (Cippus)


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Description This small stele (an upright stone slab with an inscription or image) is an amulet inscribed with magical spells to ward off stings and bites from deadly animals and insects-representing wild nature and chaos. The nude figure is the god Horus the Child, clutching a scorpion and a lion in one hand and snakes and an antelope in the other while he stands on two crocodiles. The head of the protective god Bes above Horus strengthens the magical power of this stele.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for exhibition
7/02/2003Treatmentcleaned; other
Exhibitions
  • Undercover Stories in Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Secret Signs: Egyptian Writing. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2003-2004.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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Creator
Period
3rd century BC (Greco-Roman)
Medium
black steatite
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.173
Measurements
5 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (13.3 x 6.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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