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Isis Nursing Horus

3 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (9.8 x 5.4 x 3.5 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Terracotta
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.416
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Location: Not currently on view
Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

Creation myths often begin with the miracle of a birth. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Isis was described as “She who gives birth to heaven and earth.” She was mother to Horus, god of sun, war, and protection, who she conceived with her brother Osiris, god of the underworld. Isis’s breast milk was believed to have magical, curative powers, and she is often depicted nursing Horus in images similar to later depictions of the Virgin with the Infant Jesus.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url:

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."
It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue Entry for this artwork in the It Came from the Vault exhibition catalogue. The exhibition ran from March 17-June 9, 2013

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