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Relief Displaying the King Suckled by the Hathor-Cow
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Relief Displaying the King Suckled by the Hathor-Cow


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Description A youthful king suckles at the udder of the mother-goddess Hathor, depicted as a cow. His black flesh may indicate that he is deceased, this color being associated with the underworld and the god Osiris; but the color black also symbolizes fertility, renewal, and rebirth, and its use implies that the king will be restored to life.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
2/12/1964Examinationexamined for exhibition
7/07/1967Treatmentloss compensation
7/05/1979Treatmentcleaned; other
8/06/1998Examinationsurvey
3/16/2000Treatmentcleaned; re-housed
Exhibitions
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance R. Haas, Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Joseph Brummer, New York and Paris, 1922, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase [inv. no. N574]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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Period
ca. 1295-1186 BCE (New Kingdom, 19th dynasty)
Medium
limestone with paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.121
Measurements
H: 8 3/4 x W: 12 13/16 x D: 1 15/16 in. (22.2 x 32.5 x 5 cm)
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