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Temple Relief of Ptolemy II Philadelphos
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Temple Relief of Ptolemy II Philadelphos

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The outer face of this block shows the king behind an unnamed goddess, most probably Maat, holding an ankh (life sign). The inscription indicates he is offering the incense to his father, the sun-god Re. The king's near hand is raised in adoration as he approaches a small table supporting a floral offering. On the inner face, below the sky hieroglyph (pet) with a row of five-pointed stars, four vertical columns of hieroglyphic text, read from right to left, record part of a hymn to the sun god. The readings, in part, say: (first column at right) "Words spoken by Horus: Brave Young Man [Ptolemy II Philadelphos] . . ."; (second column at right) "Child of Re [Ptolemy II Philadelphos], who rises in his right eye, who illuminates the gods . . . ."
Date Description Narrative
Treatmenttechnical study; cleaned
Examinationexamined for condition
Treatmentstabilized; loss compensation
8/17/1998Examinationexamined for condition
10/01/1998Examinationexamined for condition
10/25/1999Treatmentcoated; loss compensation
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 270-260 BCE (Ptolemaic)
red granite
Accession Number
36 1/2 x 28 3/4 x 28 in. (92.7 x 73 x 71.1 cm)
Location Within Museum
Centre Street: Second Floor: Lobby


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