History : Nov-Dec 2016
1 Rows of high- ranking officials bring offerings, parading before the gods and the queen Shanakdakhete. 2 A large table is loaded with offerings of food and drink to lay before Osiris, the god of the underworld. 3 Tables are laid out in an offering before Thoth, the god of writing, who served as the scribe of the underworld. 4 Queen Shanakdakhete presides over the scene. Under her throne lie bound prisoners, in thrall to her power. 5 A prince rests on a footstool. Below him are more young people, perhaps the queen’s children. 6 The goddess Isis spreads her protective wings to bless both Queen Shanakdakhete and her family. 3 6 4 5 2 BRITISH MUSEUM/SCALA, FLORENCE THIS SANDSTONE RELIEF, FOUND IN THE FUNERARY CHAPEL OF QUEEN SHANAKDAKHETE FROM THE SECOND CENTURY B.C ., IS DISPLAYED IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, LONDON.