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Composite Papyrus Capital

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 30
Reign:
reign of Nectanebo I and II
Date:
380–343 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Western Desert; Kharga Oasis, Hibis, Hibis Temple, Entrance kiosk, MMA
Medium:
Sandstone, paint
Dimensions:
h. 126 cm (49 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.177.2
  • Description

    This capital was set atop one of the ten columns of a kiosk built in front of the temple of Amun at Hibis in Kharga Oasis. It is an early example of a composite capital, which included several kinds of plants combined into a design that, with time, became increasingly more elaborate and fanciful. Here, the composition is still rather simple, consisting of two cyperus species: eight plants of the common papyrus (Cyperus papyrus, above) alternating with eight foxtail flatsedge plants (Cyperus alopecuroides, below). The capital still shows remnants of its original paint.

  • Provenance

    Museum excavations, Kharga Oasis, Egypt.. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in a division of finds, 1910.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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