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The god Khnum, accompanied by Heqet, moulds Ihy in a relief from the mammisi (birth temple), Dendera Temple complex, Dendera, Egypt

Ihy is a god in ancient Egyptian mythology who represents the ecstasy of playing the sistrum. His name may mean "sistrum player", referring to his function, or "calf". This is in allusion to his relationship with the cow goddess Hathor who was often said to be his mother. Other goddesses might be called his mother, however, including Isis, Sekhmet, and Neith. The god Horus is Ihy's father. Ihy was depicted as a child holding a sistrum or as a nude child with his finger in his mouth. He was worshiped alongside Horus and Hathor at Dendera. Hathor is his mother, and Horus is his father.[1]


  1. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. pp. 132–133

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  • Media related to Ihy at Wikimedia Commons