Black cotton tea towel with a gold design showing a detail from an ancient Egyptian stela found under water in the Nile delta.
The design has been created especially for the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds.
About the design The detail is taken from a magnificent stela of black granodiorite stone, which advertises a royal decree of Nectanebo I, founder of the last native dynasty of Egypt.
The stela was found under water in 2001 in the area of the temple of Thonis-Heracleion, one of the lost cities found off the coast of Egypt. It advertises a royal decree of Nectanebo I mentioning donations to the Temple of Sais collected from taxes at Thonis and Naukratis. In this top lunette section the king is making offerings to Neith, ‘Mistress of the Flood’ and patron goddess of Sais.