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Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings

A work made of limestone.
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  • A work made of limestone.

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 1910.223) 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 the other panel, she holds a closed lotus blossom on her lap; on this 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

Inscriptions

Main Inscription: "The one who is revered before Anubis who is upon his mountain, Meret-Teti-iyet"; Above Man: "A thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, a thousand of oxen, a thousand of fowl, a thousand of alabaster, a thousand of clothing"

Dimensions

71.1 × 61 × 14 cm (28 × 24 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

Reference Number

1910.224

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