An invocation to I-em-hetep, the Egyptian deity of medicine. Oil painting by Ernest Board.
- Board, Ernest, 1877-1934.
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One of over 26 paintings by the historical painter Ernest Board that were commissioned by Henry S. Wellcome around 1912 of episodes relating to the history of medicine and science. I-Em-Hetep or Imhotep was an Egyptian deity associated with medicine: on the far left of the painting is a colossal statue of the god to whom the worshippers pray for health. Ancient Egypt features strongly in the Wellcome historical collections, as one of the "cradles of civilization"