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Slab stela from the tomb of Itjer

Survival in the netherworld depended on the enduring memory of the name of the deceased – who is mentioned in the inscription above – and in the eternal repetition of the ritual of the presenting of the offerings needed for his sustenance –depicted in the main scene. Itjer is portrayed sitting in front of a table laden with slices of bread shown vertically, as Egyptian artistic conventions prescribed. The hieroglyphs above and beside the table mention other offerings, including incense (senetjer), fruit (ished) and wine (irep). In the right panel, a relief possibly added later shows Pereret-nefer, a priestess of the goddess Neith, who shares in the offerings.

S. 1849
Stone / limestone
40 x 88 x 8 cm
2543–2435 BCE
Old Kingdom
Fourth Dynasty
Giza / mastaba of Itjer
Schiaparelli excavations (1903)
Sala 02 Vetrina 11
  • Curto, Silvio, Gli scavi italiani a el-Ghiza (1903) (Monografie di archeologia e d'arte 1), Roma 1963, p. 31, B
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Curto, Silvio Titolo=Gli scavi italiani a el-Ghiza (1903) Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Monografie di archeologia e d'arte Opera=1 Luogo=Roma Anno=1963 Menzionato=p. 31, B Illustrazione=
  • Donadoni Roveri, Anna Maria e Francesco Tiradritti (a cura di), Kemet: alle sorgenti del tempo, Milano 1998, p. 278, fig. 270
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Donadoni Roveri, Anna Maria e Francesco Tiradritti (a cura di) Titolo=Kemet: alle sorgenti del tempo Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Milano Anno=1998 Menzionato=p. 278 Illustrazione=fig. 270
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