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Altar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Bronze
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
  • Possible place made: Syria
  • Reportedly from: Egypt
DATES 305-30 B.C.E., or later
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period or later
DIMENSIONS 9 5/16 x 4 3/16 x 4 5/16 in. (23.7 x 10.7 x 11 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1614E
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Bronze altar of typical Hellenistic form, with a square receptacle with pointed corners. On each side different appliqu├ęs- visible in the photograph are busts of Serapis, uraei, and theatrical masks holding rings. Supported by a large shaft in the center, and four smaller, twisted papyrus bud pillars. Condition: Base missing. One entire spreading side of altar top gone. Remaining corners much injured. All details encrusted and impregnated with bronze disease.
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