Offering Table of Tjaenhesret, priest of Thoth, son of Iaa

Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

Tjaenhesret is shown pouring a libation over a group of food offerings clustered around three libation jars interspersed with cool lotus plants. The label before his face and above him reads "Libation for the Osiris Tjayenhesret, son of Iaa who held the same titles." Just below his feet an empty space is visible where a place left for the name of his son was never filled in.

A tabular offering list appears above and on the right side of the scene, and the whole is surrounded by rows and columns that give an invocation offering to Osiris-Wennefer for Tjaenhesret, who is Overseer of the secrets of the domain of Thoth, and then list his many titles. The latter include particularly titles related to cults of Thoth and other gods resident in Hermopolis, Harendotes, Shepsi, Amon, and Amenemope. The last two are testimony to the wide spread of the cults of Amon throughout the country in the first millennium BC.

The offering table must have originated in one of the cemeteries of Hermopolis.

Offering Table of Tjaenhesret, priest of Thoth, son of Iaa, Limestone

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