5 December 2012
PROPERTY FROM A MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE CIPPUS
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
Depicting Horus standing upon two opposing crocodiles, each scaly tail extending up the border edge, the god nude but for his cap-crown fronted by a uraeus, his side lock of youth falling onto his multi-strand beaded broad collar, holding two snakes in each hand, a lion also in his left hand, a scorpion and a jackal in his right, an oversized head of Bes with a modius above, flanked by two plume-crowned falcons, each on a platform, with four columns of hieroglyphs, the top right column reading: "Weret-Hekau (Great of Ritual Power), ;" the top left column reading: "Horus Lord of Hebenu;" the bottom right column reading: "Lord of beheading (?), heir of Het;" the bottom left column reading: "Thoth, Lord who smites Peten (?)"
3 in. (7.6 cm.) high
Art Market, U.S. or Europe, circa 1969-early 1970s.
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This plaque protected its owner from or healed him from scorpion stings and the bites of other wild creatures. For a stone cippus with a related composition see p. 132 in Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt.
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