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Hathor fetish capital

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When the last king of Dynasty 21 died without an heir, the throne passed peacefully to his son-in-law's family. The new royals were of Libyan stock, but their family had lived in Egypt for five generations, and only their names, Shoshenq and Osorkon, betrayed their foreign ancestry. They hailed...

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Provenance

From Bubastis, great temple of Bastet, hypostyle hall. 1887-888: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund; awarded to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; April 12, 1888, presented to the MFA at the Sixth Annual General Meeting of the Egypt Exploration Fund, through the Reverend W. C. Winslow. (Accession Date: January 1, 1889)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dyn. 22, reign of Osorkon II, 874–712 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Bubastis, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 178.8 x 137.5 x 108.2 cm (70 3/8 x 54 1/8 x 42 5/8 in.) Weight: 28000 lb. (12700.7 kg)

Accession Number

89.555

Medium or Technique

Granite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Columns and capitals