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Ihi in hieroglyphics
Old empire
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Middle realm
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New kingdom
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The musician

Ihi has been documented as an ancient Egyptian deity since the Old Kingdom .


The oldest iconographic representations come from the New Kingdom , where he can be seen, among other things, as a standing human-shaped god with drooping arms, optionally with a star on his head. He was also depicted as a standing, human-shaped, naked child god with a sistrum in his hand. In the later years he became a lion-headed mummy with a mate - ostrich feather displayed on the head; holding a bow in her hands.

Its attributes changed during the Greco-Roman period . His iconographic features at that time were: Mummy- shaped Ptah god or an appearance similar to the Hor-pa-chered as a child god enthroned with a youthful lock , double crown , fingers on his mouth, crook and scourge ; optionally as a naked child god with a white crown and youth curl as well as a sistrum and menhit in his hands.

Mythological connections

This deity is both a musician god and a judge god acting in the judgment of the dead . He is also called "the only one of Hathor". In Egyptian mythology , the mother of Ihi is the goddess Hathor of Dendara . Together with his father Horus of Edfu he formed a triad of gods in the temple of Edfu .

With his brother Harsomtus he appears as the "unifier of the two countries". Sometimes Ihi was called a calf, like Hathor also as a cow. Although Ihi was mostly associated with his mother, he was also associated with the rising sun. Nectanebo I even dedicated the second Mammisi (“place of birth” birthplace) in Dendera to him . Here his birth was following the year Sothic hard on the second Akhet I celebrated.

See also


Individual evidence

  1. ^ H. Bonnet: Lexicon of the Egyptian religious history. Hamburg 2000, pp. 321-322.