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Aegis
Date Made/Found: 1550-1069 BC
Material and Medium: Copper Alloy
Dimensions: Height 155mm; width 97mm; depth approx 45mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: EG22
The ancient Egyptians added more and more gods to their religion over time until they worshipped more than 2000 gods. A small number were worshipped across the whole country throughout the centuries. The most important was the sun-god Ra, or Amun-Ra. He was the king of the gods and under him were other gods including Osiris, Isis, Horus and Anubis.

Cult temples were built to worship specific gods. Each town in Egypt was home to a particular god or goddess. They were represented by a cult figure which was housed within a temple near the town. At important festivals, the cult statue of the god or goddess was carried in a sacred boat from temple to temple. This was so the gods could visit each other.

This object was attached to the front of the sacred boat. It depicts the goddess Isis-Hathor.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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