The scientific tourist #316 — stela for Teti-nofer

A memorial stela dating from Egypt’s Late New Kingdom, now on permanent display at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History:

Stela for Teti-nofer

In ancient Egypt, a stela could be put in place for any of a number of reasons — as a historical record, to offer prayers to divinities, as a boundary marker, or to offer praise to the king.  But this one is a memorial to a departed loved one.  Along with memorializing the dead, it also provided a place to leave an offering for them.

This stela shows the deceased Teti-nofer being offered a drink by the goddess Hathor, and includes a prayer for Teti-nofer’s well-being:

“The soul-priest and scribe, Teti-nofer, deceased,

Isis mother of God,

Osiris who presides over the West,

Horus protector of his father:

An offering which the King gives to Osiris, presiding

over the West, that he may give everything good and

pure to the soul-priest Teti-nofer.”

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