Relief from door jamb of tomb - ROM2018_16149_1


Relief from door jamb of tomb

Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1295-1186 BC
Period: 19th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, New Kingdom
78 × 16 × 5.8 cm
Object number: 905.2.107
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Rather like the nameplate on a door, this inscription once identified the owner of a tomb at Abydos. The Royal Scribe Teti-ty was able to afford burial at the holiest site in Egypt, the ancient cemetery at Abydos. At some later time, his tomb was destroyed, and this fragment from a doorjamb was reused in another burial, but it still remains to tell us his name and title. The piece was found by Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie.

The two vertical columns would have been read from left to right.  The left-hand column asks Osiris, Foremost of Westerners, to allow the spirit (ka) of Teti-ty to enjoy the sweet north wind; the right-hand column addresses Horus-Son-of-Isis.  The bottom of the piece still holds the lower part of an image of Teti-ty seated as a nobleman.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1902-1904
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