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Object Number: E225
Current Location: Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Egypt
Locus: Bastet Temple
Festival Hall
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Twenty-Second Dynasty
Osorkon II
Date Made: 945-712 BC
Early Date: -945
Late Date: -712
Technique:Sunk relief
Osorkon II
Standard Bearer
Height: 104cm
Width: 121cm
Depth: 24cm
Credit Line:Distribution from the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1890
Other NumberES 225 - Original Number


The scene depicts the king during the heb-sed festival. This was a jubilee usually celebrated after a 30-year reign to rejuvenate an aging ruler. In the case of Osorkon II, the jubilee was celebrated in the 22nd year of his reign. Osorkon wears a long cloak and carries the crook and flail. He also wears the red crown of Lower Egypt. He faces two registers of individuals. In the top register, the cat-headed goddess Bastet faces the king. In front of her, three individuals carry poles topped with sacred images. Below this, two priests appear. At the bottom of the relief is another register depicting another part of this ritual procession.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Searching for Ancient Egypt: (1997 - 1997)View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Silverman, David P. 1997. Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 168-69View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Mysliwiec, Karol. Royal Portraiture of The Dynasties XXI-XXX.View Objects cited in this Publication

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