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Object Number:E636
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Egypt
Locus: Harsaphes Temple
Period: New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Date Made: 1292 - 1190 BCE
Early Date: -1293
Late Date: -1189
Credit Line:Museum Purchase, Subscription of Mrs. John Harrison, 1892
Other Number:ES 636 - Original Number
CG2018-5-4.1 - Found in Collection Number
CG2018-5-4.2 - Found in Collection Number
CG2018-5-4.3 - Found in Collection Number


This column once stood in the vestibule of the temple of the ram god Herishef at the site of Heracleopolis. The capital of the column is decorated like palm fronds (in contrast to the capitals of the other columns in the gallery which have a lotus shape). The deeply-incised inscriptions contain the name of Ramses II. In the central panels, Ramses is depicted making offerings to Horus. Additional inscriptions on the column were added during the reign of Ramses II’s son, Merenptah, whose name also appears in the more shallowly carved hieroglyphs. This column originally belonged to a much earlier temple and was re-inscribed by these later kings of Dynasty 19.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

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[Book] Ancient Egypt.. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 74View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Naville, Henri E. Ahnas el Medineh.. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 10View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Wegner, Jennifer H., and Wegner, Josef W. 2015. The Sphinx That Traveled To Philadelphia.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Press. pg. 239 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 211/8.36View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Moss, Rosalind L., and Porter, Bertha. 1964. The Theban Necropolis Vol II.. Clarendon Press. Vol. II. Part 2. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 856View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ranke, Hermann. 1950. "A Guide to the Egyptian Collections". The University Museum Bulletin. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. 15. no. 2-3. pg. 21-109 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 92, fig. 59; p. 101, fig. 63View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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