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Libation slab of Djedher
Ptolemaic Period 332 BC-30 BC

8.6 × 41.9 × 45.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1939
Gallery location
Not on display
A rectangular libation slab with a square projection on one edge representing the runnel, but ungrooved. The top is smooth and inscribed and decorated while the underside is rather rough. The decoration consists of 14 lines of inscription, the three outer lines longer than the others and below the latter is a scene in two parts representing the pouring of water libations. On the left is a sycamore tree with two arms, the upper arm holding a 'hs' vase, tilted and pouring water onto the hands of the deceased- Djedher- to the left of the tree. His head is shaven and he wears a long kilt with front pleat and sandals. The lower arm of the tree beckons to him. To the right, a similar scene of a sycamore tree, within which is the goddess Hathor who pours water from two 'hs' vases onto the hands of the deceased, this time seated.