Plaque of the Nile God Hapy


On display

An image of the Nile flood god Hapy with an offering table supporting two water jars and two lotus plants. Hapy wears a crown of papyrus buds and blossoms, a broad collar of beads, a divine beard, armlets and a narrow girdle with pleated linen in front. Above the offering table is an inscription in hieroglyphs. This plaque originally functioned as a decorative element that may have covered the door or lower part of a wooden shrine. At each end three holes are pierced, one of which still holds a round button ended pin. The bottom of the crown is now broken away from the head.