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Cornice Block with Relief Showing the Baptism of Pharaoh

Period:
Roman Period
Date:
A.D. 41–68
Geography:
From Egypt, 1st Cataract, Philae, Temple of Harendotes
Medium:
Sandstone
Dimensions:
top: h. 43.2 cm (17 in); w. 61 cm (24 in); d. 53.3 cm (21 in) bottom: w. 58.4 cm (23 in); d. 43.8 cm (17 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.154.3
  • Description

    This block originally formed part of a screen wall that connected the four front columns and the sidewalls of the temple of Harendotes ("Horus the Avenger") on the island of Philae. The relief represents the "Baptism of Pharaoh," a purification ritual that was part of Egyptian coronation ceremonies. The gods Horus (not preserved) and the ibis-headed Thoth poured water-here represented by streams of ankh (life) and was (dominion) hieroglyphs-over the head of the king. The pharaoh whose head is partially preserved is a Claudian emperor most probably either Claudius or Nero.

  • Provenance

    Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1911.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
    MetPublications
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