Offering Scene of Sety I

In another scene from the Temple of Sety I at Abydos, in the shrine of Isis in her small chapel, the king offers a tray of food to the goddess. Among the foodstuffs can be seen two plucked and drawn ducks, several figs, a pomegranate, a bowl of round fruits or berries, slabs of fresh meat, and round cakes or bread loaves. Below the king's elbow is the beginning of the hieroglyphic label to the scene, the verb f3.t, "raising, lifting." The lowest sign in the group, the determinative of the verb, is a reduced image of the scene itself, a small figure of the king lifting up a small tray of food. In Egyptian decoration, scenes and inscriptions are inextricably intertwined, and often interact with each other.

  • Silver gelatin on glass
  • 23.5 x 29.5 cm
  • $435.00