The hieroglyphic text on this relief mentions two rites performed for the king—pouring water and fumigation—as well as offerings of natron pellets, a natural drying agent used in mummification. The frieze of stars at the top suggests that these rituals were performed at night.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Excavated: Lahun, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 17 x 3 3/4 in. (28.6 x 43.2 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.667
- Credit Line: Museum Collection Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Hieroglyphic Inscription, ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E. Limestone, 11 1/4 x 17 x 3 3/4 in. (28.6 x 43.2 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.667. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragmentary limestone relief consisting of three columns of hieroglyphs above which is a register decorated with five-pointed stars. Condition: Edges chipped; central portion badly damaged; apparently destroyed deliberately in antiquity, as a succession of chisel marks is clearly visible from top to bottom. Extreme hardness of the stone prevented the shattering of the entire surface. Extensive remains of color.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)