6 1/2" wide across the cobras, 4 1/2" high
-hand carved and painted ceramic
-ceramic with glazed interior and painted exterior
-vivid blues and gold with highlights of turquoise, green, and red
This charming bowl with lid has a graceful shape and two cobras as handles on either side, and a large eye of Horus on each side. A ring of stylized hieroglyphics circles the lid and base. The designs are carved into the ceramic before being painted. It has a nice patina on the gold, so that, while somewhat shiny, it also looks somewhat authenticly hand crafted, and could blend well with antique items.
Horus was told by his mother, Isis, to protect the people of Egypt from Set, the god of the desert, storms and chaos. Since he was god of the sky, Horus became depicted as a falcon, or as a falcon-headed man, leading to Horus' name which meant "The distant one." Since Horus was said to be the sky, he was considered to also contain the sun and moon. It became said that the sun was his right eye and the moon his left, and that they traversed the sky when he, a falcon, flew across it.