About this object

A bronze statuette of a goddess nursing the infant Horus, a role normally associated with Isis, seated on a separately worked throne (now lost). In the past this statuette has been interpreted as the goddess Hatmehit who is usually represented in human form wearing a crown surmounted by a fish. However, the fish is a modern addition and the two did not belong together in antiquity. The fish is a cruder, more copper rich, ancient work that was attached (before acquisition in 1867) by soft solder into a crudely filed 'V' slot on Isis's crown. What is left of the original crown, a modius framed by cobras, would seem consistent with the goddess being identified as Isis. She wears a long sheath-shaped dress, adorned with a collar necklace. A uraeus (raised cobra) headdress covers her long tripartite wig. Her eyes are inlaid with gold with a black material for the pupil (now lost from left eye). Horus (separately cast) is nude, wearing only a uraeus above his forehead.

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
    Bronze; Gold
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1867 before
  • Measurements
    233 mm x 40 mm x 90 mm
  • Note
    Does not seem to appear in 1852 catalogue, so presumably not purchased from Joseph Sams; Neither does it feature in the Bram Hertz collection sale list; It might therefore be from the Rev Henry Stobart colleciton.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector, previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

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  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)

    Author: Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • 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.


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    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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