Isis protecting Osiris


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This sculpture shows Isis protecting her husband Osiris with her wings. The statue was originally found at the Temple of Karnak in Thebes. The statue was dedicated by Sheshonq, Steward of the God’s adorer Ankhnesneferibre. The name Isis means “Seat” or “Throne”. She was regarded as the symbolical mother of the King. In myth she sought her dead husband and brother, Osiris, conceived her son Horus by him, buried and mourned him together with her sister Nephtys. Isis was regarded as the “Eye of Ra and was worshipped as the “Great of Magic” who had protected her son Horus from snakes, predators and other dangers; thus she would protect mortal children also. In the New Kingdom Isis was closely connected with Hathor whose physical attributes, the cow’s horns and sun-disk she adopted. The Ancient Egyptians regarded the Goddess as the “Eye of Ra”.

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Weight2.5 kg

The British Museum, London



12.5" (32 cm) on marble base, Egyptian Black stone finish



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