Naos of Petenebimaou

Late Dynasty 26, 589-525 BC
Limestone
2005.5.3
Gift of Clara M. and John S. O’Shea

The shrine, or naos, played a central role in Egyptian worship. The opening would have framed a divine image, forever linked with the dedicate through the texts inscribed on the surface. This naos belonged to Petenebimaou, son of Psamtek and Tagemiraset. The owner held the office “Chief of the West,” probably a military designation. His father’s titles—including Prophet of Osiris and Prophet of the Statues of [King] Apries—point to a date for the shrine in the late Saite Period.