Relief on the South Wall of a Chapel of Ramesses I
New Kingdom, Ramesside
reign of Seti I
ca. 1295–1294 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Temple of Sety I, north of NE corner, Chapel of Ramesses I
Approximate dimensions: H. 111 × W. 190 cm (43 11/16 × 74 13/16 in.)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 129
The south wall of his temple at Abydos depicts Ramesses I and his family presenting offerings to Osiris. The upper register (now lost) showed Ramesses leading four young bulls to "Osiris Onnophris." In the lower register, Ramesses is shown "making incense and libation" over offerings piled before the shrine of "Osiris, lord of continuity, great god at home in Abydos." Behind the statue of Osiris stand the goddesses Isis and Hathor. Ramesses is accompanied by his queen, Sitre, who shakes two sistra. Behind her was a procession of men and women holding bouquets.
Ramesses I was the first king of Dynasty 19. He ascended the throne as an old man and was soon succeeded by his son, Seti I. Most of the monuments dedicated to Ramesses I, including this one, were built or completed by his son.
See 11.155.1, 12.186.2-related.
Discovered at Abydos near the temple of Sety I, 1910. Purchased by J. P. Morgan and presented to the Metropolitan Museum, 1911.
Winlock, Herbert E. 1921. Bas-reliefs from the temple of Rameses I at Abydos, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Papers, 1. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Winlock, Herbert E. 1937. The Temple of Ramesses I at Abydos, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Papers, 5. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.