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Ancient Egyptian Fragment in Sunk Relief of Female Deity Bearing Offerings, circa 1270 BC (New Kingdom), limestone with paint.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA:
These two (together with Walters 22.100) well-preserved painted relief sculptures originally belonged to a depiction of a procession of gods, who represented the 42 nomes, or regions, of Egypt. They once decorated the lower part of the southeast wall of the First Hall, containing eight columns, within a temple dedicated to the god Osiris, built at Abydos by Ramesses II. The lower portion of both figures remains in place in the Ramesses temple, where they are exposed to the elements. The reliefs shown here, however, have retained their vivid color. The deities bring offerings for the cult of Osiris in Ramesses’ name.
Their faces follow the portrait style of Ramesses II, with oval eyes, slightly hollowed eyelids, a small mouth, and a prominent, beaked nose. Note the remains of the hieroglyph above each figure’s head, indicating that he or she is the personification of a region. The raised area of these nome-signs retains red pigment. A portion of the abundant offerings the male deity bears is preserved. His blue skin associates him with the forces of creation. Original pigments also include yellow on the female deity’s face, blue on her wig, and light green on the plant stalks she holds in her right hand.
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The Ancient Egyptian 12th dynasty tomb of Sarenput I, Qubbet el-Hawa at Aswan.
Sarenput I was the Governor of Elephantine and Overseer of the Priests of Satis during the reign of Senwosret I. The tomb includes biographical information inscribed on the columns:
“ I have built my tomb to show my gratitude to the king Kheper-Ka-Ra (Senuseret I).
His majesty made me great in the land. I have overturned very ancient rules and, it resulted that I reached the sky in an instant.
I have employed artisans to work in my tomb and his Majesty congratulated me highly and often in the presence of courtesans and the Queen..
The tomb was equipped with palace furniture, decorated with all sorts of accessories, filled with decorative parts and provided with offerings. I should not want for any necessary thing, it was at the treasure house that all this was claimed for me. His Majesty saw to it that I could have a good life. I was full of joy at having succeeded in reaching the sky, my head touched the firmament, I grazed the stars. I appeared like a star. I danced like the planets, my town celebrated and my troops were jubilant.
For me, the Elephantine gods extended the reign of His Majesty as king they caused His Majesty to be reborn for me in order that he might repeat millions of Sed festivals for me, they granted him eternity as king that he might install himself on the throne of Horus, just as I had wished for him.” (x)
Photos courtesy & taken by Olaf Tausch