Figure of Khonsu the child - ROM2011_12051_11


Figure of Khonsu the child

Medium:Bronze, cast
Geography: Excavated at Meroe, Sudan (ancient Nubia)
Date: c. 300 BC-350 AD
Period: Meroitic Period
8.3 x 3.3 x 0.8 cm
Object number: 921.4.54
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond (University of Liverpool Excavations Committee for the Garstang Excavations at Meroe, Sudan, 1909-1913)
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Nubia

This votive image depicts the young moon god, Khonsu.  He is often shown as the child of Amun and Mut, both of whom were very popular in Meroe.

Khonsu is a god with many aspects and manifestations, but the child form, shown here, was particularly popular in the Late Period, when many gods appeared in juvenile form to express hope and renewal. He may have been associated with the passage of time and the birth of animals and humans, and he was considered a god of healing.

The form Khonsu-the-child is shown here.  He is wrapped in mummy bandages, with only his arms unrestrained, and his hands grasping two flails.  Around his neck is a thick necklace which usually bears a cresent moon, though that detail is not visible here.  He wears the side-lock of youth to show he is a child, and the uraeus and royal beard to show his sovereignty and divinity.

The statue is somewhat corroded, and is missing the lower legs and feet.  There may once have been a cresent-moon and disc on top of his headdress.

Object History: Excavated by Dr. John Garstang, 1909-1910
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