Wood (probably sycamore fig), covered with gesso, painted, and gilded
H: 56.3 W: 36.7 D: 48.1 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.4a-g
The shrine is elaborately decorated with painted scenes of deities and hieroglyphic inscriptions. The sides depict the eight gods of creation, which were closely associated with the cult site of the god Thoth at Hermopolis Magna. The ibis-headed god Thoth is himself represented on one door, and the falcon-headed god Horus on the other. Both doors also depict a kneeling king, indicating that this shrine was a royal commission.