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3138, Amon-Re, Probably Late Period; 716-332 B.C.

Artist: Photographer: Ardon Bar Hama
Culture: Egyptian
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: h. 8 3/8 in. / 21.2 cm

Amon-Re is depicted here in human form with his characteristic crown with plumes and large solar disk. Initially just a creator god, Amun, he was later associated with the sun god, Re. Amon-Re was one of the most important Egyptian gods. As a result, the king became known as the son of Amun and the royal mother as the wife of Amun.

Two huge temples dedicated to Amun stand in Luxor and Karnak, near Thebes, the city of Amun. Other monuments to this god are spread throughout Egypt and its frontiers, demonstrating his prominence and popularity. When the Greeks arrived in Egypt, they equated Amon-Re with Zeus, their king of the gods.

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