On this magical gravestone or stela, the god Harpocrates (Horus-the-child) is depicted in the middle, standing on a pair of crocodiles. He is surrounded by dangerous animals such as snakes and scorpions. According to legend, Horus-the-child was attacked by snakes and scorpions in the swamps. A stela of this kind was a magical instrument intended to cure someone who had been bitten or stung by such a creature.


  • Title: Gravestone
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: -0350
  • Location: Egypte
  • Physical Dimensions: w11 x h21.6 cm
  • Datering: c. 350 v.C.
  • Afmetingen: 21,6 x 11 cm
  • Type: gravestone
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: stone ; serpentine

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