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Relief from an Offering Niche

Period:
First Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 9–10
Date:
ca. 2100–2010 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, SAE 1905–1906
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Dimensions:
H. 26 cm (10 1/4 in); w. 52 cm (20 1/2 in); th. 14.2 cm (5 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.175.72
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
This block faced the side of a nichs on the exterior of mud brick mastabas at Saqqara; the back part of the niche would have held a false-door stela. The block shows an offering list, a group of funerary priests, and butchers in the register below.
The inscription above the figures reads:

sAx.w aSA.w

many (ritual) recitations

The offering list notes 2 portions of the following:

Dwjw sSr, jars of sesher (possibly a kind of milk)

dAb figs

jrp mH.wj Lower Egyptian Wine

jrp abS Wine, jug

jrp jm.tj Wine from Buto

jrp [HAm.wj] Wine from Hamu

jrp snw Wine of Pelusium

Hbnn.wt [a kind of bread]

xnf.w [a kind of bread]

jSd Ishhed-fruit

sX.t HD white cereal

sX.t wAD green cereal

ag.t z.t roasted wheat

ag.t jt roasted barley

bAbA.t [a kind of cereal]

nbs Christ's thorn fruit

t'-n-nbs bread of Christ's thorn fruit

[waH] chufa (nutsedge)

and one portion of:

jx.t nb.t bnj.t every sweet thing

rnp.wt nb.t every fresh thing (fuirts and vegetables)

Hnk.t nb every offering

Niv Allon, July 2016
Purchased from the Government of Egypt.

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