Offerings to the Gods

Offerings to the Gods
The Egyptians made many offerings to the gods: food, drink, incense, perfumes, alabaster and linen - and "All the good things on which a god lives"

This beautifully painted linen tunic was presented as a votive offering to the goddess Hathor. Linen was a commonly described offering for both temple and tomb, it varied in quality and fine linen was very valuable.

This piece gives us some indication of what such votive items might have been like. The upper section is painted with the goddess in bovine form with her horns supporting the sun disc and ostrich feathers (her hieroglyphic name is shown just to the left as a falcon in a square). Below is the dedication from the devotee.

Link has a zoomable hi-res image


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