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  • Description

    Limestone temple-relief of Ptolemy I offering to Hathor: Ptolemy I wears a bag wig and a single string of beads, and presents to Hathor the heraldic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt, respectively a lily-like sedge and a papyrus. The plants, which are rendered as stiff little baubles, may well depict royal gifts to the temple, made of gold and other precious materials. Hathor holds the papyrus scepter of a goddess and wears a vulture cap, topped by a platform that supported her emblematic cow horns and sun disk. Both figures look well fed, pleased with themselves and with each other. Traces of paint survive.


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  • Date

    • 384BC-282BC (between)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 34 centimetres
    • Width: 106.5 centimetres (max)
    • Depth: 16 centimetres
    • Weight: 120 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

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      • Inscription Comment

        In relief.
  • Curator's comments

    K. Myśliwiec, 'Royal Portraiture of the Dynasties XXI-XXX' (Mainz am Rhein, 1988), 85, 126; pl. XCIXb; 'Temples and Tombs' [exhibition catalogue] (American Federation of Arts, 2006), 62, cat no. 21.

  • Bibliography

    • Andrews 1990 106 bibliographic details
    • Russmann 2001 138 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs 2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs 2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs 2011 Jul–Sept, Newcastle, Great North Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Oct–Jan, Dorchester, Dorset County Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Feb–June, Leeds City Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Jul-Oct, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2012 Nov– Feb 2013, Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pharaoh: King of Egypt 2013 Mar–Aug, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Pharaoh: King of Egypt
    2016 8 Mar-12 Jun, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pharoah: King of Egypt

  • Condition

    good (incomplete)

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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