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Cult stand with animal decoration

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Temple furnishings from the earliest days of the Egyptian state, like this well-preserved pottery stand, are extremely rare. The stand was excavated at the site of Abydos, near the temple of the funerary god Khentiamentiu (a precursor of Osiris). The temple context suggests that it served in the...

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From Abydos. 1903: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, Naqada III to Dynasty 0, 3100–2960, or earlier

Object Place for Label


Abydos, Egypt


Height x diameter: 65.5 x 30.5 cm (25 13/16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects