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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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Provenance

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

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Bubastis, Egypt

Dimensions

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

89.556a-b

Medium or Technique

Granite

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Columns and capitals