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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA1105

  • Description

    Red granite relief of Osorkon II from a 'Sed' festival gateway: this block was from a part of the gate adorned with rituals associated with Osorkon II as king of Lower Egypt and includes parts of two scenes. The row of fish at the top is part of a scene of offering of fishes and fowl. The lower decoration is part of a scene in which Osorkon II is seated in a 'sed' festival kiosk, wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt. Before the kiosk stands the goddess Behind her are an offering and priests. At the foot of the kiosk's stairs is a figure described as a priest who recites an offering formula and opens doors, presumably of the kiosk. Before him are two men running (toward figures not preserved), demanding obeisance by crying "to the ground". In the register below are priests and two royal daughters. The block is incised with hieroglyphic text.

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  • Authority

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 113 centimetres
    • Width: 165 centimetres
    • Depth: 54 centimetres
    • Weight: 1800 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised.
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography:
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford, 1934), p.29; E. Naville, 'The festival hall of Osorkon II in the Great Temple of Bubastis (1887-1889)' (London, 1892); 34, pl. XXIII and XXXI (F); K. Mysliwiec, 'Royal portraiture of the dynasties XXI-XXX' (Maiz am Rhein, 1988), 16, 114; pl. XIXc;
    G. Robins, ‘The Art of Ancient Egypt’ (London, 1997), pp. 196-198.
    E. R. Russmann, Eternal Egypt, 214-215.

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  • Bibliography

    • Russmann 2001 113 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2011-13, Travelling Exhibition, Mummy: The Inside Story 19th Nov 2011- 11 Mar 2012. Richmond , VA, Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Mummy. The inside story.
    2016 8 Mar-12 Jun, Cleveland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Pharoah: King of Egypt

  • Condition

    good

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Sed Festival
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1891

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA1105

  • Registration number

    1891,1016.9

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.1105 (Birch Slip Number)
Red granite relief of Osorkon II from a 'Sed' festival gateway: this block was from a part of the gate adorned with rituals associated with Osorkon II as king of Lower Egypt and includes parts of two scenes. The row of fish at the top is part of a scene of offering of fishes and fowl. The lower decoration is part of a scene in which Osorkon II is seated in a 'sed' festival kiosk, wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt. Before the kiosk stands the goddess Behind her are an offering and priests. At the foot of the kiosk's stairs is a figure described as a priest who recites an offering formula and opens doors, presumably of the kiosk. Before him are two men running (toward figures not preserved), demanding obeisance by crying "to the ground". In the register below are priests and two royal daughters. The block is incised with hieroglyphic text.

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