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Stele. Offerings to the god Sobek (Crocodile God). Egypt

Stele. Offerings to the god Sobek (Crocodile God). Egypt

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Stele. Offerings to the god Sobek (Crocodile God). Egypt

Egyptian Art. Stele. Offerings to the god Sobek (Crocodile God). From the Temple of Sobek in Dahamshe. 18th Dynasty. New Kingdom. Luxor Museum. Egypt

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Adoration Ceremony Crocodile Deity Divinity Dynasty Hieratic Hieroglyph Hieroglyphic Hieroglyphs Lotus Luxor Mythology Offerer Offerers Offering Offerings Priest Rite Sculpted Sobek Stele


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1. Title: "An Offering Ceremony to the Crocodile God Sobek: A Hieroglyphic Relief from the Temple of Dahamsha in Ancient Egypt" This exquisite stele, originating from the Temple of Sobek in Dahamsha during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt's New Kingdom, showcases an intricate and captivating scene of adoration towards the ancient Egyptian deity, Sobek, the god of the Nile, fertility, and the protector of Lower Egypt, represented as a crocodile. The hieroglyphic relief, now housed in the Luxor Museum, portrays a group of offerers, including women and a priest, presenting various offerings to the seated god. The god Sobek is depicted with a crocodile head, wearing a nemes headdress adorned with the uraeus, the symbol of divine power and royalty. He is also shown with a solar disk and a pair of uraei on his shoulders, emphasizing his divine status. The offerings brought to the god include lotus flowers, symbolizing rebirth and purification, and various fruits, symbolizing abundance and prosperity. The women, dressed in elaborate headdresses and long, flowing dresses, hold lotus flowers and other offerings, while the priest, dressed in a simple linen garment, holds a palm branch and a scepter. The hieroglyphs inscribed on the stele describe the ceremony and the offerings, providing historical and mythological context to this ancient religious rite. The intricate hieratic script, with its elegant curves and flowing lines, adds to the beauty and significance of the artwork. This stele is a testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of ancient Egypt, offering a glimpse into the religious practices and beliefs of the New Kingdom era. The intricate details and the use of hieroglyphs make it a valuable piece of Egyptian art and a fascinating window into the mythology and history of this ancient civilization.

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