Mould-made amuletic figure in glazed composition, representing Isis nursing Horus (Harpokrates); goddess wearing tripartite wig, seated on a throne in the shape of a cubical seat with plain long back on a rectangular base; holding on her knees Horus with the left arm while presenting her left breast with the right hand to her son; rather crude and slightly schematic modelling with few incised details; remains of light turquoise glaze; pale yellow fine core; top of head (possibly crown?) and upper part of throne broken off; chipped in several places and surface very abraded.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (possibly)
Height: 2.90 centimetres
Thickness: 1.70 centimetres
Width: 0.95 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Isis nursing is a theme relatively well-represented at Naukratis with some figures and amulets made of bronze or glaze composition (Masson forthcoming). Isis lactans appears to be an important amuletic figure for the mummy but also used in the daily life for the protection of women and children (Andrews 1994, 48). Such figures were also deposited as ex-votos. They became truly popular from the Late Period onwards and one of the most depicted themes in bronze statuary (Roeder 1956, § 303-314; Weiss 2012, 330-331, 822-833, pl. 56, G12).
On Isis amulets see: Andrews 1994, 48-49, fig. 18; Herrmann et al. 2010, 30-32 (types 4-5).
Considering its context of discovery, it should be dated to the 26th dynasty.
Very close parallels of Isis nursing amulet from Naukratis: Oxford, Ashmolean Museum AN1896-1908-EA.850 and Boston, Museum of Fine Arts RES.86.298.
Andrews, C. 1994, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
Herrmann, C., Staubli, T., Berger-Lober, S., Keel, O., Schönbächler, G. 2010, 1001 Amulett : altägyptischer Zauber, monotheisierte Talismane, säkulare Magie, Bibel+Orient-Museum, Liebefeld, Stuttgart.
Masson, A. forthcoming, ‘Naukratis: Egyptian offerings in context’, in M. Bergeron and A. Masson (eds.), Naukratis in Context II: Cults, Sanctuaries and Offerings. Proceedings of the Second Naukratis Project Workshop held at The British Museum, 22nd-23rd June 2013.
Roeder, G. 1956, Ägyptische Bronzefiguren, Mitteilungen aus der Ägyptischen Sammlung 6, Berlin.
Weiss, K. 2012, Ägyptische Tier- und Götterbronzen aus Unterägypten: Untersuchungen zu Typus, Ikonographie und Funktion sowie der Bedeutung innerhalb der Kulturkontakte zu Griechenland, Ägypten und Altes Testament 81.
- Not on display
- Poor, very eroded
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: AN1888.212 (Accession Number)