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Votive Box (Egypt), 664–30 BC

This is a Votive box. It is dated 664–30 BC and we acquired it in 1951. Its medium is bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

During the the Late and Ptolemaic Periods, the Egyptian deity Wepwawet was closely associated with cemeteries and cult practices relating to Osiris, the god of the afterlife. The jackal, Wepwawet's characteristic animal, could often be found digging in cemetery areas.

It is credited Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 32 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm (12 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

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Votive Box (Egypt), 664–30 BC; bronze; H x W x D: 32 x 14.5 x 7.5 cm (12 5/8 x 5 11/16 x 2 15/16 in.); Gift of the Estate of David Wolfe Bishop; 1951-185-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Ellen DeGeneres Selects.

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