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Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings

A work made of limestone and pigment.
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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.

Date:

First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 10, about 2025 BCE

Artist:

Egyptian; offering niche of Meret-Teti-iyet, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Saqqara, Egypt

About this artwork

This pair of panels (along with 1910.224) was part of a painted offering niche designed for a woman named Meret-Teti-iyet. The fragmentary upper scenes depict people bringing offerings to sustain her in the afterlife. Meret-Teti-iyet sits behind piles of food at the bottom of each panel, facing approaching visitors. On this panel, she holds a closed lotus blossom on her lap; on the other one, she sniffs an open lotus flower. The lotus, which opens with the rising sun and sinks beneath the water at night, was a symbol of renewal and rebirth in ancient Egypt.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings

Place

Saqqara (Object made in)

Date

2060 BCE–2025 BCE

Medium

Limestone and pigment

Inscriptions

Inscriptions across panel: "The Beloved Lady of (King) Teti Comes"; the revered in the presence of Anubis, him who is upon his mountain, the embalmer, Merettetiyiyet."; " 1000 loaves of bread, 1000 jars of beer, 1000 oxen, 1000 geese, for the revered one, Merettetiyiyet"; "lassoing an ox".

Dimensions

73.4 × 57 × 12 cm (28 7/8 × 22 7/16 × 4 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

Reference Number

1910.223

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