These wall panels originate from the mortuary chapel dedicated to Pharaoh Ramesses I, operating around 1295–1294 B.C. in Abydos, Egypt. The artifact served a religious purpose, providing spiritual sustenance for the deceased king within the framework of ancient Egyptian practices.

The panels together represent fragments from the original chapel. It features low-relief carving, showcasing detailed hieroglyphs, figures, and icons, demonstrating a depth of craftsmanship for three-dimensional effect.

The iconography of the panel illustrates Ramesses I presenting a hymn to Osiris and making an offering to the gods. Such imagery signifies the reciprocal relationship between the king and divinities in ancient Egyptian theology. The surrounding hieroglyphic inscriptions, including the royal titulary of Ramesses I and extracts from the "Book of the Dead," reinforce this theological communication and underscore traditional practices.

The levels of relief carve different scene parts, enhancing the visual depth of the scenes and highlighting various figures. Ramesses I's depiction is characterized by accessories corresponding to royal status, including a detailed crown and traditional attire.

Metropolitan Musuem of Art
Tomb of Ramesses I