Relief of a "Divine Votaress" and a goddess

Late Period, Dynasty 25–26
760–525 B.C.

Place of Use: Egypt, Possibly Thebes


Height x width: 53.8 x 51 cm (21 3/16 x 20 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The relief shows Hathor, right, offering the symbol of life to a priestess who has been appointed to the position of “God’s Wife” in the temple of Amen at Karnak.
The right edge of the relief is finished and it evidently represents one of the four faces of a pillar. The relief was broken into three parts, which have been rejoined very skillfully, the repairs disguised by applying sand, probably from the relief itself. The surface shows an appreciable amount of erosion with near-rounded sufaces. In many places, pigment of the original suface paint remains. The breaks run horizontally at about half-height across the faces of the figures and vertically from the lower edge up to the horizontal break, about 22 cm from the proper right edge.


Possibly from Thebes. Altounian-Lorbet, Macon, France. 1981, sold by Jaques Chalmin (dealer), Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 15, 1981)

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund