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Ancient Egyptian Faience Four Sons of Horus ca 6,8 cm.

Ancient Egyptian Faience Four Sons of Horus ca 6,8 cm.


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Date: Late Period, c. 664 to 525 BC

There are many ancient Egyptian deities which were concerned with the protection of the dead. However, these 4 are very interesting (the Sons of Horus) whose existence dates back at least to the Old Kingdom (about 2613-2160 BC). Over time each of the sons of Horus became identified as protecting one of the internal organs removed from the body during mummification. The stomach was protected by Duamutef, the liver by Imsety, the lungs by Hapy , and the intestines by Qebehsenuef.

Imsety the human headed son of Horus, protected the liver of the deceased and was in turn protected by the goddess Isis. His role was to make sure that the dead would make it to the afterlife, as he is asked to lift them up by Horus: "You have come to N; betake yourself beneath him and lift him up, do not be far from him, (even) N, in your name of Imsety."

Imsety the human headed son of Horus, protected the liver of the deceased and was in turn protected by the goddess Isis. His role was to make sure that the dead would make it to the afterlife, as he is asked to lift them up by Horus: "You have come to N; betake yourself beneath him and lift him up, do not be far from him, (even) N, in your name of Imsety."

Duamutef, the jackal-headed son of Horus, protected the stomach of the deceased and was in turn protected by the goddess Neith. It seems that his role was to worship the dead person, and his name means literally "he who worships his mother". In the Coffin Texts Horus calls upon him, "Come and worship my father N for me, just as you went that you might worship my mother Isis in your name Duamutef."

Qebehsenuef was the falcon-headed son of Horus, and protected the intestines of the deceased. He was in turn protected by the goddess Serket. It appears that his role was to refresh the dead person, and his name means literally "he who libates his siblings". Horus commands him, "Come refresh my father; betake yourself to him in your name of Qebehsenuef. You have come that you may make coolness for him after you ... "

Provenance: Old German collection befor 1983.

Condition: look at pictures.

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