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Pyramidion of a Woman

Beginning in the New Kingdom, when the solar cycle became a major theme in art, small pyramid-shaped objects called pyramidions (which, like the pyramids themselves, were solar symbols) were made as separate funerary stelae or to cap the pyramids now built atop private tombs. On this pyramidion, its owner adores both the god Osiris and a solar deity, is protected by funerary deities, and receives libations from the gods Horus and Thoth. On the top, the goddess Isis spreads her wings protectively.

Catalogue Description:
Large yellow limestone Pyramidon belonging to a woman (name lost). Probably serving as the cap stone of her tomb. Two columns of hieroglyphs on left side of front; in the depression on front; on the depression on front the deceased is shown worshipping seated Osiris. On the right side there is a Ded symbol surmounted by a Ba Bird. The rest of the side is occupied by the figure of the woman preceded and followed by two genii. The left side has a representation of Thoth and Horus pouring water over a mummy-form figure, presumably, the deceased. On the back the deceased is shown worshipping a seated figure of Nephthys or Nut with outstretched wings. Condition: Upper left corner of from side badly chipped. Side worn and chipped, top chipped, entire piece chipped. On the left side considerable traces of red and black paint remain, especially on the Ded symbol.


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