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.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings
- Saqqara (Object made in)
- 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.)
- W. Moses Willner Fund