After the procreation of horus, osiris retired to the afterlife as the divine king of the netherworld, while isis gave birth and then raised horus until he was ready to rule egypt osiris’s life, death, and rebirth into the afterlife formed a pattern that all egyptians sought to replicate in the tomb. Isis’ name is first attested in the fifth dynasty in the pyramid texts she was the wife of osiris and the mother of horus, and thus was symbolically mother to the pharaoh in the late period, the popularity of this important goddess dramatically increased she is nearly always depicted in . The most familiar of all statues that have survived shows isis holding her son horus to her breast and it is this classic pose which is repeated in christianity, but isis and horus are replaced by mary and the infant jesus.
From isis nursing horus, we have the mary and child since the bible's new testament does not mention of any divine representation of virgin and child (idolatry being prohibited by jehova), it is clear that the church of rome, continues the isis and horus cult, using the same symbolism, only the names have changed. Click the button below to add the isis nursing horus - egyptian museum, cairo 19th dynasty 1300 bc to your wish list. Provenance abemayor, cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown] henry walters, baltimore, 1930 [mode of acquisition unknown] walters art museum, 1931, by bequest.
Countless bronze figures of isis nursing her son horus began to exist in the later periods of ancient egypt these figures, placed all around the world in museums ranging from the louvre in paris to the metropolitan museum of art in new york, depict seated isis suckling infant horus. Goddess isis nursing infant horus enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Motherhood is honoured in most civilizations and images of “mother goddesses” have emerged from the prehistoric times among the images that inspired artists, one of the most popular was that of the mother nursing her baby this statuette of rather coarse craftsmanship, shows the egyptian . Isis nursing horus 1 - isis nursing horus introduction introduction as i entered the rosicrucian egyptian museum, i began viewing the artworks, and it was there that i noticed a beautiful sculpture right away it captured my attention it was a statute of isis sitting with horus on her lap it was called isis nursing horus.
Not surprisingly, isis is conspicuous on uterine amulets designed to facilitate childbirth as a goddess of healing, however, she can also be invoked for protection against ailments of any kind on display is also an extraordinary gemstone with isis nursing her son horus. Isis nursing horus is a reminiscent image of the virgin and child the prototype of the babylonian ishtar is the source of the worship of mother goddesses later. Isis suckling horus statuette christa wentt ('13) was a biology major and english minor at johns hopkins with plans to enroll in medical school her interest in the cultures of ancient egypt and ancient israel led her to pursue research on the museum collection.
Isis hid with horus in the marshes of the nile delta until her son was fully grown and could avenge his father and claim his throne she defended the child against attacks from snakes and scorpions but because isis was also seth’s sister, she wavered during the eventual battle between horus and seth. Formal analysis, contextualizing, and compare and contrast of the egyptian sculpture of isis nursing horus and the byzantine icon, the virgin of vladimir. One of the most common ancient egyptian iconographical images was a seated isis nursing an infant horus in the context of kingship, this image was a symbol of the king – horus – sitting in the “lap” of the throne – isis – and receiving its blessings .
However, in nursing scenes such as this one it is not uncommon to see isis wearing this headdress, perhaps to invoke some of hathor’s solar powers this is known because examples of a goddess wearing this hathoric headdress and nursing a horus-the-child have been identified by ancient textual labels as isis. Isis nursing horus (e12548) late period (664-332 bc) one of the most popular goddesses in ancient egypt, isis was the sister-wife of osiris and the mother of horus . Isis is the egyptian goddess of fertility and motherhood, although her special attributes are largely copied from hathor, also an egyptian goddess of motherhood: the horns of a cow on her head with the solar disk between them. Numerous images show isis baring her breast (usually the left one, the traditional nursing side of egypt) to suckle her son horus in their tomb art nobles are promised that they will be fed by the milk of isis and become as enduring as stars.
Research of isis nursing horus isis, the ideal mother and wife worshiped by ancient egyptians, believed to be the patroness of nature and magic isis is. To the left is a common depiction of isis seated at her throne, nursing her son horus on her head she wears cow horns that embrace a solar disc. Images of isis with horus in her lap are often suggested as an influence on the iconography of mary, particularly images of the nursing madonna, as images of nursing women were rare in the ancient mediterranean world outside egypt. Isis nursing horus in winged throne statue by summit collection museum replicas she sits in a winged throne representing the breathe of life she gave her son in bearing him.