Cippus of Horus on the Crocodiles
Steatite, 9 1/8 x 5 5/16 x 2 3/16 in. (23.2 x 13.5 x 5.6 cm)
Ptolemaic Period, 3rd century B.C.E.
Brooklyn #60.73, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
The beige splotches are on the piece, but there's a recognizable reflective pattern, the floor pattern of the room in which the piece sat.
(From the Museum website):|
"The pose of the god Horus here illustrates the protective function of cippi. He stands on two crocodiles, holding a number of dangerous creatures. A liquid poured over the stela would be magically charged with the power of the inscribed spells. Persons who desired protection against poisonous wounds could drink this liquid or pour it over themselves. For someone who had been stricken, the liquid could be applied to the wound. The cippus may also have been touched to partake of its power."