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Virgen de la Leche.Antón Peris.Museo BBAA.Valencia.

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Virgen de la Leche.Antón Peris.Museo BBAA.Valencia.

Prehistory . Isis and Horus.
The basis of the Madonna and Child ?

Interesting iconographical aspects:
Left breast of Isis
Horus is seated
Mother "offers" her breast

Papyrus
Isis nursing Horus
1. Isis suckling her child Horus in the papyrus swamps.
2. Thoth giving the emblem of magical protection to Isis.
3. Amen-Ra presenting the symbol of "life" to Isis.
4. The goddess Nekhebet presenting years, and life, stability, power, and sovereignty to the son of Osiris.
5. The goddess Sati presenting periods of years, and life, stability, power, and sovereignty to the son of Osiris.

Isis nursing Horus (the pharaoh) in literally thousands of extant statues, steles, and drawings: sitting for the infant, as is the most common, or standing for the rarer boy or adult male.
In the traditional form Isis sits on a plain throne that is her namesake with her left hand on the infant Horus' back for support, proffering her left breast to the child. Horus is not usually placed on or at Isis' nipple or breast but is generally a little distant, offering the viewer the focus on Isis's breast more than on Horus nursing at the breast. In many of the images of Isis and Horus found in the official tombs and monuments dedicated to the deceased pharaoh, Horus symbolically represents the dead king himself who nurses at the breast of Isis in order to gain the afterlife.

http://www.darkfiber.com/pz/chapter2.html
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11277/11277-h/11277-h.htm
Others
Copt Egypt
Isis and Horus. Copt Egipt
1567 b.C
Sesklos Acrópolis. 1567 bC
Museum of Louvre
Isis and Horus. Louvre Museum
Bronze
Bronze
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