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The Nile God Hapy
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The Nile God Hapy

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Description This plaque originally functioned as a decorative element that may have covered the door or lower part of a wooden shrine. It displays an image of the Nile god Hapy with an offering table in his arms. Hapy represented the Nile River and its fertilizing inundation. Hapy wears a crown of papyrus buds and blossoms, a collar, a divine beard, armlets and a narrow girdle with three ends in front, the characteristic costume of this god. The offering table has two water jars and two lotus plants, with more lotuses hanging from Hapy's left arm. A royal cartouche crowned with plumes and a sun-disk is in front of the legs of the god, but it is empty and does not contain the name of a king.
Date Description Narrative
12/17/1974Treatmentcleaned; coated
1/25/2012ExaminationExamined for loan; examined for condition
  • Chefs-d'oeuvre des derniers pharaons. Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris. 2012.
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
  • Die Entstehung der Welt. Ägyptens letzter Schöpfungsmythos (The Origin of the World. Egypt’s Last Creation Myth). Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum, Hildesheim; Kunsthalle Leoben, Leoben. 2014-2015.
Provenance Joseph Brummer (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1931

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ca. 747-525 BCE (Third Intermediate Period-Late Period, 25th-26th dynasty)
cast copper alloy
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H: 11 1/4 x W: 4 1/16 x D: 1/4 in. (28.58 x 10.32 x 0.64 cm)


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