Fragment of a “New Year’s Bottle”
|Place of production||Egypt|
|Date||circa 280 B.C.|
38 x 26 cm
|On view||Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Funerary beliefs|
In the lunette of the round-topped limestone stela the figure of a jackal can be seen, standing under a winged sun disc in the bow of a barque with a rudder. Using the vertical arrangement that became customary from the New Kingdom onwards, the hieroglyphic text asking for funerary offerings for the deceased person is placed under the main scene of adoration (in contrast to the reverse arrangement that was characteristically used in the Middle Kingdom; see the stela of Sehotep-ib). Thus, the figure of Djed-her can be seen in the middle register raising his arms in reverence before Osiris, the god of the dead, who is positioned at the other end of the offering table, as well as Isis and Nephthys, the goddesses guarding his mummified body and mourning his death.
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.