image MS_131_72
Image number: RS.16400
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Small ancient brass figure


25 May 1692


Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

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height (page): 151mm
width (page): 128mm



Drawing of a small brass figure holding a cockerel in one arm and a pot in another, signed by Henry Hunt and described as 'an Egyptian God'. This object was brought by Edmond Halley to a meeting on 25 May 1692, at which its identity was variously conjectured: Halley thought it was an Egyptian god, Thomas Henshaw a figure of Aesculapius, and Sir John Hoskins one of Priapus.


'an Egyptian God'
Signed 'HNT'
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

At the meeting on 25 May 1692, 'Halley produced a small brass Image having a cock in one hand and a water Pott in the other, it was said to be Egyptian. Mr Henshaw supposed it to be an Image of Esculapius, Mr Hunt had drawn the figure thereof, which was ordered to be kept by him. Sr John Hoskins supposed it might be the Image of Priapus' (JBO/9/ 86).

Related Fellows

Thomas Henshaw (1618-1700, British), Author
John Hoskins (1634-1705, British), Natural philosopher
Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Associated place

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