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Relief Fragment Showing a Priest with an Incense Burner
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Relief Fragment Showing a Priest with an Incense Burner


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description A mortuary priest, traditionally clothed in animal skin and long kilt, performs the "Opening of the Mouth" ritual, an essential part of the funeral ceremony in which the mummy is restored to life. Behind the priest is a table with special tools for the rites. He makes an offering and burns incense before the upright mummy (missing). This finely sculpted fragment comes from the tomb of the vizier Nes-pa-ka-shuty, a government official whose power was second only to that of the king (TT 312). It demonstrates the elegant style of the 26th Dynasty.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/27/1996Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; re-housed; stabilized
8/06/1998Examinationsurvey
1/10/2001Examinationother
1/10/2001Treatmentrepaired
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
  • Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
ca. 664-610 BCE (Late Period, 26th dynasty, reign of Psamtek I)
Medium
limestone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.216
Measurements
H: 13 3/16 x W: 14 in. (33.5 x 35.5 cm)

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