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Relief Fragment Depicting Meret-Teti-iyet with Offerings

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  • A work made of limestone.


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 1910.223) 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 the other panel, she holds a closed lotus blossom on her lap; on this 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




Main Inscription: "The one who is revered before Anubis who is upon his mountain, Meret-Teti-iyet"; Above Man: "A thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, a thousand of oxen, a thousand of fowl, a thousand of alabaster, a thousand of clothing"


71.1 × 61 × 14 cm (28 × 24 × 5 1/2 in.)

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W. Moses Willner Fund

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