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Temple Statue of Pawerem, Priest of Bastet

Each morning in the temples, the king, or a priest playing the role of pharaoh, embraced the image of a god to help the god's daily rebirth and protect it from the forces of chaos. The priest depicted here, named Pawerem, holds a shrine containing an image of the goddess Bastet. Such statues (called naophoros, or "shrine-bearing") link their owners to this daily temple ritual and associate them permanently with the divine cycle of death and rebirth.

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