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Ring Depicting Isis and Horus

A work made of gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

Ptolemaic Period (332–30 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

One side of this ring bears the title of a priest of Thoeris named Horemakhbit. The other side shows Isis wearing her tall horned headdress and seated on a throne nursing Horus, surrounded by flowers that represent the papyrus marsh in which she sheltered her son. The name Horemakhbit means “Horus in the Marsh”; therefore the image of Isis and Horus is a visual pun of the priest’s name.

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Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Ring Depicting Isis and Horus

Origin

Egypt

Date

305 BCE–30 BCE

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

The priest of Taweret, Hor-[em]-akhbet.

Dimensions

1.6 × 2.2 × 2 cm (5/8 × 7/8 × 13/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.960

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