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Archeological Object

Statuette of Isis lactans

This ex voto represents the goddess Isis nursing her son Arpocrate (Horus the child).
The goddess wears a tripartite wig on which the remains of vultures are engraved with a burin, that are surmounted by a solar disc between cow horns. The facial features are rendered in detail and the eyes, now lost, were made with inlay. The right arm of the goddess is folded on her chest in the act of supporting the breast, while the left is stretched forward holding the nape of Horus, represented as a naked child with outstretched arms at his sides and with the traditional braid of childhood falling from the right temple.
The goddess Isis, once seated on a throne now lost, rests her feet on a pedestal whose three sides (front, rear and right) show an inscription consisting of hieroglyphics drawn in etching in a perfunctory manner. The inscription, being deficient in several places, is difficult to read: in fact, it is no longer readable the name  of the dedicator, but one knows the name of the father, Inaro, and the mother, Dieshapy.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40889
  Class and ware: Votive furnishings
Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XXII-XXV din.
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Bronze
  Technique: Casting
  Height: 22,7

1979, Lise G. “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano, p. 35 (cat.231), tav. 245
1997, Tiradritti F. in Arslan E.A. (a cura di) “Iside. Il mito, il mistero, la magia” (catalogo della mostra), Milano, p. 44, scheda II.1

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