Statue of the Nile God Hapy

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 24 July 2016

The fleshy body symbolizes the Nile's fertility. Hapy holds a table of offerings, from which hang geese, quails, lotuses, pomegranates, and grapes. He presents his produce to Amun-Ra, in whose principal temple this statue stood. A relief behind Hapy's left leg shows who dedicated this statue; Sheshonq, high-priest of Amun-Ra in Thebes. He was designated heir to the throne of his father, Osorkon I. They briefly ruled together, but Sheshonq died 1st and he was buried in Tanis, then Egypt's capital. 22nd Dynasty, reign of Osorkon I, circa 924-889 BCE. From Thebes, Karnak, temple of Amun-Ra, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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