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Egyptian Gallery: ReligionThe ancient Egyptians worshipped hundreds of different gods. They could be depicted in animal, human, or mixed forms, most often a human body with an animal head. Bronze statues, such as those in the middle of this exhibit, were purchased by individuals who then donated them to temples to demonstrate their piety. The small, brightly colored amulets in the wall cases were worn to provide good luck and longevity. The black statue base was commissioned by a man named Djed-Hor, who worked in the sacred ibis yards in about the year 300 B.C. Near it is a large stone statue of an unidentified god.
Revised: February 19, 2007