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Copy of relief depicting an Egyptian birth chamber, 31 BCE-14 CE

Copy of relief depicting an Egyptian birth chamber, 1900-1936 This panel is a copy of a relief from the wall on the birth house within a large temple complex in Dendera, Egypt. The original was carved between 31 BCE and 141 CE. This was when the birth house was constructed as a cult shrine. It was dedicated to the marriage of the gods Amun and Hathor and the birth of their son, Ihy. The original carving dates from the Roman period. It is one of the figures believed to represent the then Roman emperor, Trajan. The birth house was attached to the temple of Hathor. It was constructed to unify the Egyptian religion by assimilating its deity into the more prominent cult of Horus.

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A634739 Pt1

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