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Copy of a cippus showing Horus, Egypt, 1900-1933

A cippus is normally a road or tomb marker. This example was said to have been used to ward off wild animals or cure poisonous bites. Horus, the son of Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris, was saved by the gods from the deadly sting of a scorpion, acquiring the skill to cure poisonous bites in the process. Here, Horus is shown standing on crocodiles and holding snakes. This copy was purchased by one of Henry Wellcome’s agents, Captain P Johnston-Saint, in Cairo, Egypt, in 1933. The original, dating from 1000-200 BCE, is at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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