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017355

Granite Naos of Ptolemy VIII, around 150 BC. The term naos (shrine) is most commonly used by Egyptologists to describe the central shrine of a temple, where the cult image would be housed. Naoi, to use the plural, are usually made from a single piece of very hard stone, and several are still in place in Egyptian temples; perhaps the best-preserved is that in the Temple of Edfu. This example was found with various other blocks re-used in a Coptic church on the island of Philae.

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Granite Naos of Ptolemy VIII, around 150 BC. The term naos (shrine) is most commonly used by Egyptologists to describe the central shrine of a temple, where the cult image would be housed. Naoi, to use the plural, are usually made from a single piece of very hard stone, and several are still in place in Egyptian temples; perhaps the best-preserved is that in the Temple of Edfu. This example was found with various other blocks re-used in a Coptic church on the island of Philae.