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Offering Table of Seti I

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Seti I
Date:
ca. 1294–1279 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Possibly from Memphite Region, Heliopolis (Iunu; On)
Medium:
Granodiorite
Dimensions:
L. 105 cm (41 5/16 in). w. 53.3 cm (21 in), Thick. 15.8 cm (6 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.2.22
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 124
This large offering slab was placed in a temple and dedicated by Seti I to the god Seth: it bears a representation of bread loaves and libation jars on the top. Where the spout would normally be, there is a smoothly finished depression, which suggests the piece was repaired in ancient times. On two sides of the depression are parallel scenes depicting the king worshipping Seth (on the right) and offering libation to his consort Nephthys. All pictorial and textual references to Seth have been defaced, except for his hieroglyph in writing the name of the king.
Purchased in Egypt from Maurice Nahman, 1922.

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