Block from the tomb of an Overseer of the treasury Izi. Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 4 – early Dynasty 5, ca. 2500 B. C.

Limestone
H. 61,5 cm; w. 105 cm
Provenance: necropolis in Memphis
I.1.а 5554
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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts features eight reliefs from the tomb of a high-rank official of the Old
Kingdom, the master of the "house of silver" (i.e. royal treasurer) Isi. In one of the reliefs Isi is shown
sitting on a chair at a sacrificial table. Making sacrifices was one of the basic elements of the tomb cult
and the main condition of the deceased's afterlife. Different types of bread and meat, a low stool for
offerings, and vessels for ablution are depicted on the table and near it. Two border scenes in the right
part of the relief show mortuary priests: one of them carries a bull's leg, and the other one makes ritual
cleansing with a broom. An inscription under the table says: one thousand (a lotus-shaped hieroglyph)
vessels of beer, one thousand breads, one thousand storks, one thousand geese.

  • Limestone
    H. 61,5 cm; w. 105 cm
  • At the PMFA since 1911
    Provenance: necropolis in Memphis
  • I.1.а 5554
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