Egyptian Faience Amulet of one of The Four Sons Of Horus, Hapi

Item Description

C. 1069 BC – 664 BC – Third Intermediate to Late Period

A bright blue, flat-backed faience amulet of one of the four sons of Horus, the baboon-headed god Hapi, depicted as a mummy. Pierced at the head to allow for stitching to the mummy bandages.

The Four Sons of Horus were deities, each with a different head, who protected a different internal organ. For Imsety, (the human-headed deity) it was the liver; for Duamutef, (the jackal-headed deity) the stomach; for Hapi (baboon-headed deity), the lungs; and for Qebehsenuef (falcon-headed deity), it was the intestines. The heart was not removed from the deceased, as it was believed to be the resting place of the soul.

Although feet missing, it has strong colour and is an interesting piece.

Ref: Similar example in National Museums Liverpool, Accession number

Provenance: Ex D. M. Collection, collected in the 1990’s.
Ex Constable Collection, collected in 1997.

Size: 58mm height




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