Late Period, c. 663-323 BC. Egyptian. Amulet of the Osirian triad, showing Horus as a naked child in the middle with his side-lock of youth curled around the right side of his head. The depiction of his genitalia is characteristic of this period. He is flanked by his mother Isis to his right, with her crown shaped like the throne hieroglyph, and his aunt Nephthys to his left, whose crown, shaped like the house sign, is missing here. All are holding hands and standing on a plinth, with connected dorsal pillars behind them. A suspension loop above, allowing this to be worn as jewellery, is missing. Amulets of this type were commonly placed on the lower torso of a mummy to protect it, just as Isis and Nephthys protected Horus after the murder of his father Osiris; the myth depicted in this scene tells of the young Horus, hiddin in the marshes from his fratricidal uncle Seth, being protected by Isis, Nephthys, and their potent magic until he was old enough to avenge his father.
Size: L:40mm / W:27mm ; 9g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.