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Ipy is an ancient Egyptian goddess of fertility.[1] She is also known as Opet.[2] At Karnak she is called Ipet, and in the Demotic Magical Papyrus, she is called Apet, the mother of fire.[3]


She is depicted as a hippopotamus.[1] Sometimes depicted as a combination of a hippo, crocodile, human, and lion. Usually she is depicted with a lion's head, hippo's body, human arms, and lion feet.[2]

She was also seen as a protector of the pharaoh and invoked as mother.[5] In Theban theology she is the mother of Osiris.[4]

She is possibly a forerunner of Taweret.[6]


  1. ^ a b Allen, James P. (2007-08-30). The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts. Society of Biblical Lit. p. 434. ISBN 978-1-58983-678-5.
  2. ^ a b "Egyptian Gods - The Complete List". World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  3. ^ Demotic Magical Papyrus
  4. ^ a b Hart, George (2006-04-21). A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Routledge. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-134-93012-8.
  5. ^ "Collections Online | British Museum". www.britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  6. ^ Curl, James Stevens (2013-04-03). The Egyptian Revival: Ancient Egypt as the Inspiration for Design Motifs in the West. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-23467-7.