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Object Composed of Two Hathor Heads

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Wood
DATES 664-525 B.C.E., or later
DYNASTY Dynasty 26 (possibly)
PERIOD Late Period, or later
DIMENSIONS 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (13.6 x 6.1 x 4.1 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 16.610
CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Object Composed of Two Hathor Heads, 664-525 B.C.E., or later. Wood, 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 in. (13.6 x 6.1 x 4.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.610. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.16.610_NegL278_13_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.16.610_NegL278_13_print_bw.jpg.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden object composed of two Hathor heads, human faced with cow’s ears, back to back, surmounted by inscribed double naos, incomplete plug at base. Probably a votive offering in form of conventionalized sistrum. Inscription: Not entirely clear but seems to be plea to Khonsu and Amon for life and health. One side of naos inscribed to the Divine Father and Steward of Min. Other side inscribed to wr.3s.t. (?). Condition: Originally fitted with handle, now missing. Base of both Hathor heads extensively chipped. Once covered in a thick black paint over which was a varnish completely obscured the inscription and many details of the carving. Painted surface was removed revealing inscription.
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