Four Large Egyptian Faience Amulets Of One Of The Four Sons Of Horus, Hapi

Item Description

C. 600 BC – Late Period

Four large blue, flat-backed faience amulets of one of the four sons of Horus, the baboon-headed god Hapi, depicted as a mummy. Pierced at both ends for stitching to the mummy wrappings.

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.

Three of the four amulets are repaired otherwise interesting pieces with good detail.

Ref: Similar example National Museum of Ireland, Inventory no. 1920:278-287

Provenance: Ex Ancient Relics.
Ex West Sussex Private collection.
Ex D. S. Collection, West Sussex collected in the 1990’s-200’s

Size: 87mm-89mm height




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