Plaque of the Nile God Hapy

1973.2.578

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.