• Egypt, Late Period, 26th Dynasty (c. 664–525 BC)
  • Polychrome faience
  • Inv. 410D

Statuette of Hapi

This is another figurine of Hapi, with yellowish head, bulging eye, brownish-green hair (which was apparently once blue), and a more ape-like appearance. This is an extra figurine in this set acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian, which lacks the figure of Kebehsenuef. The latter, normally depicted with a falcon’s head, protected the intestines of the deceased, as did the goddess Serket.

This figurine should be looking to the right (in contrast to Imsety and Duamutef). Another clear difference is that it has four pearls decorating the last of the three horizontal bands between the body and the hair, which is not found on the other three figures from the set.

MacGregor Collection. Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian through Howard Carter at the sale of the MacGregor Collection, Sotheby’s, London, June/July 1922.

Araújo 2006

Luís Manuel de Araújo, Egyptian Art. Calouste Gulbenkian Collection. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2006, p. 111, cat. 24.

Updated on 22 april 2022

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