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Wooden door, possibly to a Naos (small shrine), depicts King Darius I dating to c.522-486 BC (AES 37496). Darius is making an offering to the Egyptian gods Anubis (centre) and Isis (left). Originally the door would have been covered with sheet gold and inlaid with red and blue glass.

Egypt became part of the huge Persian empire in 525 BC during the reign of Cambyses (father of Darius) and military garrison were posted up-and-down Egypt to retain control. Like other non-Egyptian rulers the Egyptian pantheon was retained, which was a common and sensible action to retain the support or acceptance of the local populations and priesthood.

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