Sacred Oils Tablet

M13815

On display

Rectangular tablet inscribed in black ink with seven columns of hieroglyphs naming seven oils used in ancient burial rituals, such as the ‘opening of the mouth’ ritual. Beneath each column is a circular depressions which may have held a drop of the oil. From the later Fifth Dynasty small slabs like this were placed in the burial chamber. From right to left the oils named are: setj-heb oil; heknu oil; seftj oil; nekhnem oil; tua oil; hatet ash oil [‘best pine oil’]; hatet tjehenu oild [‘best tjehnu oil’]. Joseph Sams Collection no. 143. Illustrated in Joseph Sams1839 catalogue with the label, "an ancient game on a slab of alabaster" (pl. 24).