Originally a personification of the Milky Way, representing the milk flowing from the udders of a heavenly cow. She is an ancient Goddess, worshiped since at least the 2nd Dynasty. An alternate identity of her is Mehet-Weret (the great flood), a reference to the Milky Way. Hathor is usually shown as a woman with horns and a sun disk between the horns, or as a woman with a cows head with a sun disk between the horns. She was a fertility Goddess and a Goddess of Moisture, as such associated with the annual flood of the Nile. She was the Goddess of Joy, Motherhood and Love. She is said to be the daughter of Ra and Nut and the wife of Horus.

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Hathor - The Heavenly Cow, Goddess of Fertility, Goddess of Motherhood

Relief Hathor Karnak Temple
Relief of Hathor in the Karnak Temple in Luxor. (578k)
Relief Hathor Touching Ankh
Relief of Hathor, touching the Ankh to the mouth of the Pharaoh, in the Temple of Horus in Edfu. (675k)
Relief Hathor Temple Horus
Relief of Hathor in the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Here Hathor is wearing the Pshent, or Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. (805k)
Close-up Hathor Temple Horus
Close-up of Hathor in the Temple of Horus in Edfu, again wearing the Pshent, or Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. (754k)
Hathor's Symbol Bird Square
Hathor's symbol, a bird in a square. This can be used to determine whether a picture of a Goddess with the horns and solar disk is Hathor or Isis. Most times either Hathor's or Isis' symbol accompanies their pictures. Look for Hathor's symbol in the following pictures. (611k)
Relief Hathor Temple Horus
Relief of Hathor in the Temple of Horus in Edfu. (838k)
Relief Hathor Center Right
Relief of Hathor (center right), with Horus, her husband (center left) and a Pharaoh (left) in the Temple of Horus in Edfu. (523k)
Relief Hathor Center Khonsu
Relief of Hathor (center), with Khonsu, the Moon God (left, holding the Was scepter), and Sobek, the Crocodile God, (right, holding the Was scepter) in the Temple of Kom Ombo. This is a different incarnation of Hathor. (778k)
Relief Hathor Right Husband
Relief of Hathor (right) with her husband Horus (left) in the Temple of Kom Ombo. (734k)
Relief Sobek Right Hathor
Relief of Sobek (right) and Hathor (left) in the Temple of Kom Ombo. (991k)
Relief Two Incarnations Hathor
Relief of two incarnations of Hathor in the Temple of Kom Ombo. (943k)
Close-up Relief Second Version
Close-up of the relief of the second version of Hathor in the Temple of Kom Ombo. (937k)
Relief Hathor Temple Kom
Relief of Hathor in the Temple of Kom Ombo. (1042k)
Relief Hathor Philae Temple
Relief of Hathor in the Philae Temple of Isis. (913k)
Relief Hathor Philae Temple
Relief of Hathor in the Philae Temple of Isis. (823k)
Painting Inside Main Temple
Painting inside the main temple of Abu Simbel of the Goddess Hathor in the form of the Sacred Cow on a sacred barge. (890k)
Beautiful Painting Inside Queens
Beautiful painting inside the Queens Temple of Abu Simbel of the Goddesses Hathor (left) and Isis (right) blessing the Queen. (697k)
Superb Paintings Tomb Horemheb
Superb paintings in the Tomb of Horemheb, showing the Goddess Hathor (left) and her husband Horus (center right). (635k)

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