Description & Technical information

This excellently preserved wooden fragment is carved with one vertical line of hieroglyphs facing right, enclosed by a double margin.  The inscription would have been ornamented by glazed polychrome inlay. The fine carving is of excellent quality and based on some symbols the piece can be placed in the Ptolemaic or perhaps early Roman period.  Based on the inscription, this wooden fragment would have most likely belonged to a coffin.
 
The translation of the hieroglyphs reads:
 
“A Royal Offering Formula to (1) Osiris, Foremost of the West, Great God, Lord of Abydos(2), that he may give a good burial(3), bread and beer, oxen and fowl, to the God’s Mother(4) of Hathor Ta-heret(5), daughter of the Sa-mer-ef (“A Son Who Loves”) priest, Servant of Neith, Chief of the God’s Corpse(6), God’s Servant (Prophet) of Harishef(7) the King of the Two Lands (8), Chief of the Throne (or Temple)(9), Bener-ib-re(10), (and) born of the Musician(11) of Harishef Nebet(?)-. . . .(12)”

Date:  1st century B.C.-1st century A.D.
Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Egypt
Medium: Wood
Dimensions: 178 x 24.6 x 3 cm (70¹/₈ x 9⁵/₈ x 1¹/₈ inches)
Provenance: Previously in the private collection of Ms. Simpson, New York, acquired in Paris, 1970.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities