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Fragment Mentioning Offerings

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Lahun
  • DATES ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 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 LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 14.667
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Fragment Mentioning Offerings, ca. 1844-1835 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 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)
    IMAGE overall, 14.667_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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    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.
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