On offer here is a highly detailed magical stela known as a cippus featuring 'Horus the saviour' as the central figure of a child with sidelock of hair which is the Egyptian way of describing youth in painting and sculpture.
Made of a limestone and quartzite composition stone this replica stela has an aged black patina which has been given a light polish.
Horus holds scorpions, snakes alion, &an antelopewhile standing on a pair of crocodiles to signify his mastery over the animal kingdom and any potential threat they might possess.
Above Horus can be seen the domestic god Bes, a long established protective deity of the homes of the general population and royalty alike. His presence here, flanked by two eyes of Horus, is to send a clear message that this is a magical protective device.
A cippus is a term that can mean a stone pole, or slab used as a marker or boundary stone, but in the Egyptian world, it refers toa potent magical stela for the protection of ancient life's many threats.
Water was poured over the stela and collected as 'charged' water, full of healing properties to be rubbed on a wound or bite.
Cippus designs were popular during the late period and the quality varied from crude tointricate.The presentcippus is a high quality example that has suffered minor damage in antiquity and this replica preserves all detailsas was found at the time of excavation.