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HA3

Reference: HA3 / Cat. No.

Period: Roman

Origin: Probably Egypt

Date: 60 100 AD

Description:
Triangular handle-ornament, the front depicting seated river-god Nilus, bearded head with lotus crown facing, holding reed in r. hand and cornucopia in l. hand, on ground at r. is seated a female figure (Euthenia?) facing l., wreathed with grain.


Manufacture: Mould made.

Size (cm): L. 12.2, W. 7.9

Condition: Handle-ornament (and handle) only.

Notes:
Cf. Petrie Museum, UC54431; Weber, Berlin 1914, 212.

Comments:
Nilus (the Egyptian Hapi) was the river-god of the Nile and was typically portrayed as corpulent. The fertility of the Nile is further symbolised by the cornucopia he holds and by the bared breasts of his consort.



HA3



Last edited: 10-08-2008

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