Cylindrical Stand for Offering Table
This object, like the tall cylinder to the right, may have been a container but was more probably used as a stand for a disk-shaped stone offering table. Egyptian alabaster, a form of calcite, is related to limestone. Egyptians appreciated the beauty of alabaster, but they rarely used it for sculpture because of its color variations.
- Medium: Alabaster
- Place Excavated: Kom-el-Akhmar, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: III Dynasty ?
- Period: Old Kingdom
- Dimensions: 4 3/4 x Diam. 5 3/4 in. (12.1 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 07.447.28
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Cylindrical Stand for Offering Table, ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E. Alabaster, 4 3/4 x Diam. 5 3/4 in. (12.1 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.28. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Stand of an offering table, very slightly tapering, or cylindrical vase used as such. Deeply hollowed, with coverging boring. Top (base) and ring-base (rim) perfectly flat. Sides straight, extremely slightly narrowing to base (rim). The table to this stand is the Condition: Rather badly weathered.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)