About this artwork
Ancient Egyptians used mummification and ritual to transform the body into a new entity called a sah, a crucial step in preparing the deceased for life after death. A ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth, depicted here, was a pivotal step in the process. As the name suggests, the rite restored function to the deceased’s mouth, allowing them to eat and drink in the afterlife. At the right end of this scene, a jackal-headed figure holds Ramose’s anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin upright. A pair of priests in front of the coffin burn incense and pour libations, while a third recites sacred texts from a papyrus scroll.
- On View, Gallery 50
- Arts of Africa
- Ancient Egyptian
- Stela (Commemorative Stone) Depicting the Funeral of Ramose
- Egypt (Object made in)
- Made 1279 BCE–1213 BCE
- Sandstone and pigment
- Thou art pure as Horus is pure, Horus is pure as thou art pure; thou art pure as Suti (Set) is pure, Suti is pure as thou art pure.." continuing with the same phrases in the names of Thoth and even of a fourth diety. Two lines of inscription below contain a prayer for offerings addressed to Osiris, Isis, Anubis, Hathor and other dieties. Deceased is a Priest of Montu, Ramose. His wife is named Henut-mehyt.
- 111.8 × 84.5 × 12.1 cm (44 × 33 1/4 × 4 3/4 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund