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The architects of Egyptian temples drew their inspiration from natural forms. They often created interior spaces in which columns modeled after Nile plants seemed to grow from the floor, painted with floral and animal motifs to evoke a marsh. This column, of which only the upper half...

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Bubastis, great temple of Bastet, hypostyle hall. 1887–88: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund; awarded to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; 1889: 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, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1780 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Bubastis, Egypt


Height x diameter x Circumference: 458.8 x 125 x 392 cm (180 5/8 x 49 3/16 x 154 5/16 in.) Other (Base): 55.8cm (21 15/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Columns and capitals