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Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings

A work made of limestone and pigment.
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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.


First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 10, about 2025 BCE


Egyptian; offering niche of Meret-Teti-iyet, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Saqqara, Egypt

About this artwork

This pair of panels (along with 1910.224) 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 this panel, she holds a closed lotus blossom on her lap; on the other 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.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings


Saqqara (Object made in)

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2060 BCE–2025 BCE


Limestone and pigment


Inscriptions across panel: "The Beloved Lady of (King) Teti Comes"; the revered in the presence of Anubis, him who is upon his mountain, the embalmer, Merettetiyiyet."; " 1000 loaves of bread, 1000 jars of beer, 1000 oxen, 1000 geese, for the revered one, Merettetiyiyet"; "lassoing an ox".


73.4 × 57 × 12 cm (28 7/8 × 22 7/16 × 4 3/4 in.)

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W. Moses Willner Fund

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