Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A striking mold-formed faience pendant depicting the goddess Isis seated as she feeds her infant son, Horus. The goddess of magic, healing and the moon, Isis sits atop a thatched chair with a low back, wears an ankle-length sheath dress, and grasps her exposed left breast with her right hand to suckle her infant. Her feminine visage presents with petite eyes, full lips, and cupped ears framed within the lappets of her vulture head-covering, and a throne-shaped emblem - a component of her name written in hieroglyphs - is present atop the head-covering. A petite suspension hole behind Isis' back enabled this composition to be worn as a pendant or attached to the linens of mummy wrappings. Enveloped in layers of lustrous blue glaze, this is a fantastic example of Egyptian figural artistry! Size: 1.125" L x 0.55" W x 2.1" H (2.9 cm x 1.4 cm x 5.3 cm)
Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 55.121.5
Provenance: private Toronto, Ontario, Canada collection, by descent, acquired in Egypt in 1894 to 1896
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Minor abrasions to throne, Isis, and Horus, with light pitting, and very light encrustations within some recessed areas, otherwise intact and excellent. Wonderful preservation to finer details as well as glaze pigments throughout.