Plaque of the Nile God Hapy card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

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. 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. This plaque originally functioned with others as a decorative element that may have covered a door or wooden shrine. In 1901 Albert Danios Pasha uncovered a hoard of bronze objects including a large number of rectangular plaques with open-work representations of the Nile god Hapy carrying offerings. Forty-two were given to the Egyptian Museum, Cairo (accession number 3517) and others were sold.