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Wooden cippus; painted black with yellow detail. Head of Bes tops the stela above a high relief depiction of Horus as a child, who stands on crocodiles and grasps two snakes and a Seth-animal in his right hand, and a scorpion and dog (?) in his left. Staff with Horus-falcon on left of figure. Painted hieroglyphic text on the back, sides and base.
Height: 42.50 centimetres
Weight: 2602 grammes
Width: 23.30 centimetres
Depth: 10.80 centimetres (base)
- Curator's comments
- The cippus was a protective magic stela; water poured over the stela was thought to acquire healing properties. The depiction of Horus the child grasping and trampling animals associated with danger helped to negate their dangerous powers and physical threats.
Wiese, 2001. Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig Die Agyptische Abteilung, No.139
Regulski, I. (ed.), 2022. Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt, pp. 62-3
A drawing of the cippus was made by John Walker in 1792 at the British Museum and sent to scholar Georg Zoëga for his personal study. The original drawing is now in the Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen: D1167r, D1167v
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001-2014, Basel, Switzerland, Antikenmuseum. Long term loan.
2022-2023 13 Oct-19 Feb, London, BM, Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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