About this object

A bronze statuette of a goddess nursing the infant Horus, in a role normally associated with Isis. In the past the goddess who wears a crown surmounted by a fish has been identified as Hatmehit. However, the fish is a modern addition and the two do not belong together. What is left of the original headdress would seem consistent with the goddess being identified as Isis. Isis wears a long tripartite wig and her eyes are inlaid with gold. Horus has a sidelock and his hands rest against his thighs.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century early
  • Measurements
    233 cm x 40 mm x 90 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • 'The Egyptian Collection', in Margaret Gibson and Susan Wright (eds). Joseph Mayer of Liverpool 1803-1886

    Shore, A. F.

    Author: Shore, A. F.
    Publisher: Society of Antiquaries in association with National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1988
    Description: Description of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian collection written by A. F. Shore who was Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Unfortunately there are a few errors in the description of objects.


  • The Poseidon Experiment

    Start date: 1994-07-15
    End date: 1994-07-15
    Description: The Poseidon Experiment was an exhibition held at the National Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, UK.

  • Mummies and Treasures from the Graves

    Start date: 1991-07-10
    End date: 1991-07-10
    Description: An exhibition held at Yong-In Farmland, South Korea, 20 km south of Seoul.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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