Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Bouquet offering

Egyptian art Ramses bouquets Medinet Habu

Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu

NOTE: These offerings depict the king before a deity presenting various types of bouquets.  They imply regeneration and and fecundity.  According to the analysis of offering scenes at Medinet Habu, they tend to be presented to ithyphallic or mummiform deities.  Numerous variations are depicted, including long bouquets made of a collection of blossoms, smaller groups with coiled stems (both seen here), and shorter, quite dense bouquets.  All variations, including size, stem coil, and mixed or single blossom types are tracked in the database.

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