Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Altars, sundials, minor architectural objects and models


Ross Iain Thomas and Aurélia Masson

A small group of portable cult objects, furniture and minor architectural models and fragments were found in Naukratis, most of them from Greek and possibly Egyptian sanctuaries as well as Egyptian houses. They are treated in four separate sections: altars; house models; sundials; and architectural fragments. Portable altars like incense burners were used for burning offerings to the gods; their iconography and types belong to Egyptian, Greek and Phoenician/Punic cultures. House models, used as lamp shrines or to burn offerings, reproduce typical Egyptian tower house and temple architecture. Sundials were dedicated in the Apollo sanctuary. Most architectural fragments probably came from Greek sanctuaries, although some may have belonged to private residences.


Ornate limestone horned altar depicting Egyptian religious motifs, c.100 BC–AD 100. Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate, HARGM10099. Photograph © courtesy of Harrogate Museums and Arts. Photography by British Museum staff