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Lintel Fragment Depicting Iniuia and Iuy Worshipping Deities

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


New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Tutankhamun (about 1336–1327 BCE)


Egyptian; Tomb of Iniuia and Iuy, Saqqara, Egypt

About this artwork

This lintel fragment depicts a couple kneeling with their hands raised in an Egyptian gesture of praise, worshipping the funerary deities Osiris and Isis. It once crowned a doorway in the tomb chapel of Iniuia, a high-ranking official who served under King Tutankhamun, and his wife, Iuy. Hieroglyphs separating the couple from the gods state that they are praising Osiris so that he will give them the “sweet breath” they need to thrive in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptian religion required worshippers to perform acts of devotion toward gods and goddesses in order to receive their favors. Here, that devotion is captured in stone, guaranteeing that Iniuia and Iuy will benefit from it forever.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Lintel Fragment Depicting Iniuia and Iuy Worshipping Deities


Egypt (Object made in)

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Made 1336 BCE–1327 BCE


Limestone and pigment


"Giving praise to Osiris, kissing the earth for Wenenefer, so that he might give sweet breath to the scribe of the silver- and gold-treasuries of the Lord of the Two Lands Iniuia, true of voice, and his wife (lit. sister), the mistress of the house Iuy, favored by Hathor the msitress of the sycamore."


24.8 × 71.1 × 10.8 cm (9 13/16 × 28 × 4 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Robert H. Fleming

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