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Fragmentary Altar?

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

DATES 305–30 B.C.E., or later
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period or later
DIMENSIONS Width of altar floor 4 3/16 x Diam. 2 13/16 x Length of altar floor 4 3/16 in. (10.7 x 7.1 x 10.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze altar of typical Hellenistic form, for burning incense. Square receptacle with pointed corners. On each side different appliqués; lions' heads holding rings, fish, and a bust of Serapis. The hollow shaft decorated with incised bands. Condition: Fragmentary. The piece has lost its base, some kind of supports at the corners, as indicated by holes on them, and nearly half of the spreading sides of the altar.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Fragmentary Altar?, 305–30 B.C.E., or later. Bronze, Width of altar floor 4 3/16 x Diam. 2 13/16 x Length of altar floor 4 3/16 in. (10.7 x 7.1 x 10.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1592E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1592E_NegA_SL4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, unedited master file, 37.1592E_NegA_SL4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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