This lintel was created in Egypt between 1479 and 1458 BCE. A lintel is an architectural object meant to bear weight and usually found above doors, windows, or passages. They are usually both functional and decorative objects. This Lintel has a winged sun disk at the top with three lines of inscription. As we see often in ancient Egypt and Mediterranean monuments that were the target of iconoclasm, the cartouches of Queen Hatshepsut have been deliberately defaced.
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Penn Museum Object #E1823.
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