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The two scenes executed in sunk relief on this column drum both show the emperor Augustus presenting offerings to deities. On one side he offers a double libation to Osiris and Isis, and on the other side he offers incense to Min and Nephthys. THe scene are complete except for the lower part,...

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From Koptos. May-June 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: divsion of finds with Egyptian government. (Accession Date: May 24, 1995)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, reign of Augustus, 30 B.C. to A.D. 14


Overall: 55 x 54 cm, 294.8 kg (21 5/8 x 21 1/4 in., 649.9 lb.) Case (Painte wooden pedestal ): 91.8 x 82.9 x 82.9 cm (36 1/8 x 32 5/8 x 32 5/8 in.) Case (Plex-glass): 100 x 78.7 x 78.7 cm (39 3/8 x 31 x 31 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Sandstone with paint and traces of gold leaf


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Columns and capitals