Category: ptolemaic

Fertility procession: Harpocrates with phall…

Fertility procession: Harpocrates

with phallus bearers

This group figure shows two priests in long robes that bear a figure of the god

Harpocrates

(”Horus the Child”). The god has a huge phallus that is resting at the front on two dwarf figures with lion masks. They represent the dwarf-god Bes, a well-known protector of fertility and sexuality. 

Terracotta, height 40 cm. From Saqqara. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 300-100 BC. Now in the

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden,

Leiden.

Relief depicting Ptolemaic King blessed by the…

Relief depicting Ptolemaic King blessed by the gods and given an Ankh (”Symbol of eternal life”),

detail of a wall carving from the Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC.

Kom Ombo.

Regular

theancientwayoflife:

~ Shroud of beadwork.

Period: Ptolemaic Period

Place of origin: Middle Egypt

Medium: Beadwork

grandegyptianmuseum: Relief plaque with ram’…

grandegyptianmuseum:

Relief plaque with ram’s head from a god’s figure, probably Amun (limestone).

Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664-30 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

A goddess holding an Ankh (”key of life”), det…

A goddess holding an Ankh (”key of life”), detail of a wall relief from the

Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo.

grandegyptianmuseum: Amuletic spacer bead in …

grandegyptianmuseum:

Amuletic spacer bead in the form of three sitting cats and an amulet in the form of a reclining cat with two suckling kittens. Egyptian faience. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC.

Schimmel Collection, New York.

Head of Queen Berenice II, daughter of Magas…

Head of Queen Berenice II, daughter of Magas, King of Cyrene (modern Libya), wife of

Ptolemy III Euergetes. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 267-221 BC. Now in the Louvre.

grandegyptianmuseum:Ancient Egyptian Phallopho…

grandegyptianmuseum:

Ancient Egyptian Phallophorus (faience).

Graeco-Roman Period, ca. 100 BC. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin.

Statue of a Ptolemaic Queen, perhaps Cleopatra…

Statue of a Ptolemaic Queen, perhaps Cleopatra VII

The statue represents a Ptolemaic queen holding a cornucopia. Attributes and dress point to a date in the second or first century BC., and one recent study notes that details of the queen’s hairstyle suggest identification with Cleopatra VII. However, the cartouche actually reading “Cleopatra” on this statue’s arm would be a highly unusual occurrence, and is, moreover, incorrectly oriented, so that it is probably a modern addition.

Dolomitic limestone. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Facade of the pronaos of the temple dedicate…

Facade of the pronaos of the temple dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

The Hathoric columns topped by sistri are typical.

Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. Dendera, Upper Egypt