Aegis of the Goddess Isis

Egyptian Maker
Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664–332 BC Date:
Bronze Medium
6 ¾ H x 4 ½ w x 1 ½ Diam. Dimensions
Gift of Heinrich Medicus Credit
2013.1.11 Accession number
The aegis, a combination of a deity's head and an exaggerated collar, was an emblem of the gods in ancient Egyptian culture. These images could be carried on a standard in processions or set on the prow of a sacred boat. Smaller version were worn as amulets. This aegis depicts a goddess wearing a modius, a small cap made of cobras, and cow horns with a sun disk between them. It could represent a number of goddesses such as Isis, Hathor, or some other female deity.
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