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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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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


Bubastis, Egypt


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


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Columns and capitals