Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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.
Limestone, traces of paint
ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E.
11 1/4 x 17 x 3 3/4 in., 42 lb. (28.6 x 43.2 x 9.5 cm, 19.05kg) (show scale)
Museum Collection Fund
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Hieroglyphic Inscription, ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E. Limestone, traces of paint, 11 1/4 x 17 x 3 3/4 in., 42 lb. (28.6 x 43.2 x 9.5 cm, 19.05kg). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 14.667. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (Gavin Ashworth,er), 14.667_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg)
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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.
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