Category: horus


Horus (falcon-headed) and Seth; on the top, three stars.
Detail from the astronomical ceiling of the “House of Gold Wherein One Rests” (the burial chamber) of the “House of Eternity” of King Sethi I, Valley of the Kings, KV17, West ‘Uaset-Thebes


mosaic-glass with the falcon-head of the God Horus;
dated to the Ptolemaic Period, 304–30 BCE.
Now in the Cairo Museum


A statuette of the goddess Isis and her divine son Horus, powerful symbols of rebirth in ancient Egypt. The item dates back to the Ptolemaic Period (332 – 30 BCE) and is made of Egyptian faience, a manufactured glazed ceramic material. This lovely piece (55.121.5) is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Photo (edited): Public Domain

Isis was a major goddess in Egypt. She was first mentioned in the Old Kingdom (circa 2686 – 2160 BCE) as one of the main characters of the Osiris myth, where she had conquered death through love; she was the symbol of the mysterious creative power which had produced the earth and all living things. Isis was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife as she had helped Osiris, and she was considered the divine mother of the king, who was associated with Horus. Moreover, her maternal tenderness was invoked in healing spells to benefit ordinary people.

The worship of Isis spread throughout the Greco world with the start of the Ptolemaic Period. As Ptolemaic and the wider Hellenistic culture was absorbed by Rome in the first century BCE, the cult of Isis became part of Roman religion.

Early Christians sometimes worshiped before the statues of Isis suckling the infant Horus, seeing in them another form of the ancient and noble myth by which woman, creating all things, becomes at last the Mother of God. The worship of Isis was ended by the rise of Christianity in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. This gave way to Christian full veneration of Mary, who is also revered in Islam for giving virgin birth to Allah’s Prophet Jesus who, according to the Quran, was conceived by her through the intervention of the divine spirit, archangel Gabriel. #egyptpassion #iregipto #egypt#thegiftsofmindfulness #ashleymariemoderndayalchemist


column capital from the Double Temple of Haroer (Ḥr-wr, Horus the Ancient) and Sobek at Ombos (“Kom Ombo”)


in case it hasn’t been posted before, this is Smite’s depiction of Horus and Set!! really pretty art, but they took a weird direction in designing Set in the likeness of a donkey??


Small statue of Horus.

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (State Museum of Egyptian Art), Munich.

Horus is the name of a sky god in ancient Egyptian mythology which designates primarily two deities: Horus the Elder (or Horus the Great), the last born of the first five original gods, and Horus the Younger, the son of Osiris and Isis. According to the historian Jimmy Dunn, “Horus is the most important of the avian deities” who takes on so many forms and is depicted so differently in various inscriptions that “it is nearly impossible to distinguish the ‘true’ Horus. Horus is mostly a general term for a great number of falcon deities” (2). While this is certainly true, the name ‘Horus’ will usually be found to designate either the older god of the first five or the son of Isis and Osiris who defeated his uncle Set and restored order to the land.

The name Horus is the Latin version of the Egyptian Hor which means “the Distant One”, a reference to his role as a sky god. The elder Horus, brother of Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys, is known as Horus the Great in English or Harwer and Haroeris in Egyptian. The son of Osiris and Isis is known as Horus the Child (Hor pa khered) who was transformed into the Greek god Harpocrates after Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 331 BCE. ‘Harpocrates’ also means ‘Horus the Child’ but the deity differed from the Egyptian Horus. Harpocrates was the Greek god of silence and confidentiality, the keeper of secrets, whose statuary regularly depicts him as a winged child with his finger to his lips.

Horus the Younger, on the other hand, was a powerful sky god associated with the sun, primarily, but also the moon. He was the protector of the royalty of Egypt, avenger of wrongs, defender of order, uniter of the two lands and, based on his battles with Set, a god of war regularly invoked by Egyptian rulers before battle and praised afterwards. In time, he became combined with the sun god Ra to form a new deity, Ra-Harahkhte, god of the sun who sailed across the sky during the day and was depicted as a falcon-headed man wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt with the sun disk on it. His symbols are the Eye of Horus (one of the most famous Egyptian symbols) and the falcon.

Horus was given charge of the sky and, specifically, the sun.


Sketchin’ Isis and her darling little baby ruler of the world Horus :з

Temple of Horus

Hieroglyphs on the walls of the Temple of Horus in Edfu.


Theerawat Kaiphanlert

Inlay Depicting “Horus of Gold”

This inlay is a composite hieroglyph, termed the Horus of Gold: the falcon god Horus sits on top of the sign for gold, a collar with ties. This sign appears before one of the royal names, called the “Horus of Gold name.”

Faience. Late Period – Ptolemaic Period, 4th century BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Figure of Horus

Bronze statuette of the god Horus as a falcon, protector of the reigning king. Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Musée de la Vieille Charité, Marseille.