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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 18 July 2016

Priests used bowls like this in temples for liquid offerings to the gods. Two faces of the goddess Hathor adorn the rim. Flat depictions of persons were usually in profile, but Hathor's face was widely displayed in frontal view. In such images she has cow's ears, but she could also represented with horns or as a cow. Hathor was Egypt's most universal goddess, and the bowl probably stood in a temple of a different deity. However, it bears no inscription to reveal where this was. 22nd Dynasty, circa 945-715 BCE. Perhaps from Karnak, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2016, July 18). Egyptian Libation Bowl. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama S. M. "Egyptian Libation Bowl." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 18, 2016.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Egyptian Libation Bowl." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 18 Jul 2016. Web. 24 Apr 2019.

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