Horus Stele (Cippus)

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Ptolemaic period, 32-30 B.C.
Material: Black steatite
Dimensions: 6.3 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 1403
Provenance: German private collection M. B. acquired prior to 1970.
Condition: Unrestored, a small ancient hole next to the Horus figure. Otherwise only minor wear.
Description: Horus stele of black steatite. The top part of the stone is rounded with a stage-like, protruding base on which the undressed Horus child (Harpocrates) stands. He has the lock of youth cascading on the side. His hands hold scorpions and snakes. Horus stands with the left leg put forward on two crocodiles, representing the restrained power of Set (the evil, the patricide). As a crown Horus wears the face of Bes, the protector of youth and against evil animals. Inscriptions next to the head and along the figure call on Isis, who should stand by her son’s side. In addition, the text reads magic formula protecting against snake bites, scorpion venom and other wild animals. Small magic steles such as the present one were used in private households. They were placed in water hoping that it will be charged with positive energy. If one was bitten by a snake or stung by a scorpion this “healing water” was given hoping for recovery. Mounted.