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Fragment of a shrine?

hathor shrine

One very interesting fragment of wood has been found. It was located in Shaft F inside the tomb. The main feature of this object is faces of the goddess Hathor on opposite sides. She is shown with the conventional cow ears and human face. On top of the head is something like a small shrine with cobras (uraei) carved into it.

The most likely origin for this item is that it is part of a miniature shrine of Hathor. One similar item has been noted in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. 

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2014