Very similar representations can be seen on the throne of a colossal statue of Ramesses II. Based on stylistic interpretations, it is most probable that the present fragments performed a similar function. The Egyptians identified Hapi as the inundation of the Nile, his voluptuous figure being part of the iconography of fertility and abundance. The duality of his kingship over Upper and Lower Egypt is linked with prosperity brought by the waters of the Nile. Despite this, no temples or sanctuaries have been found dedicated to Hapi.
Probably Spink, London, UK; mounted in the 1960s
John J. Slocum, (1914-1997), Rhode Island, USA; thence by descent
The majority of Slocum’s collection was formed during his service as US cultural attaché to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America.