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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Egyptian
Title:Offering table
Date Made:1293-1070 BCE (New Kingdom, Dynasties 19-20)
Type:Religious
Materials:Limestone
Place Made:Africa; Asia; Egypt
Measurements:Overall: 2 3/4 in x 8 7/8 in x 7 5/8 in; 7 cm x 22.5 cm x 19.4 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1910.4.A.B(a)
Credit Line:Purchase with Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Currently on view

Description:
Object is in the shape of hieroglyph for "offering." Top surface is decorated with food offerings carved in raised relief. Rim includes drainage channel on one side.

Label Text:
The Egyptians believed that the dead needed sustenance and chose several ways to provide it in perpetuity. Actual food was the preferred offering, but substitutes could be depicted in art or spoken in prayers. Funerary equipment included an offering table decorated with hoped-for provisions and placed in an accessible part of the tomb where the living could come with gifts and recitations. Offering tables were made in the shape of the hieroglyph for the word “offer”—a woven mat topped by a loaf of bread.

2016

Tags:
ancient; archaeology; tombs; deaths; afterlife; religion; rituals; ceremonies; sculpture; food

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