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Religion in Ptolemaic Egypt

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Djed pillar

Hieroglyphic sign symbolizing stability

naos

A small chapel or shrine made of stone or wood that used to be placed in the sanctuary of the Egyptian temple, in order to house the statue of the god.

register

section of a scene or inscription represented on the walls of temples, tombs or stelae in Ancient Egypt

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Naos of Horus
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The lid of this naos is surmounted by a painted statue of the God Horus which might indicate that it had been used to house a mummy of a falcon.

The upper scene on the front side shows the falcon Horus from the back, his face from profile, and his head crowned by the sun disk. On the two side of his face there are two feathers.

In the lower register, there is a big representation of the Djed pillar surmounted by a sun disk between two high feathers. At the base of the crown, there are two ram horns. Flanking the feathers, Isis and Nephthys are standing and touching the pillar by one hand.

The two other sides of the naos are decorated by, some divinities who are represented standing inside chapels.

Dimensions:  Width 25 cm  Height 50 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Greco-Roman

Technique:

Sculptured
  Wood Techniques
  Painting

Style:

Roman

Materials:

Wood
Type Type

Type:

Naos
Map Map

Location: 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Museum

Created: 

Governorate of Beni Sweif

Discovered: 

Governorate of Beni Sweif
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

1st Century AD - 2nd Century AD

Discovered: 

1968 AD
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Sculpture
Paintings and Relief
Carpentry
Religion and Spirituality
Myths
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