Relief Fragment of Offering Bearers
When complete, the scene to which this fragment belonged showed a long procession of female offering bearers. One figure carries a tall basket and the other brings a tray.
In each case the contents are obscured by a cloth, but similar scenes indicate that these gifts were offerings of food. The Egyptians believed that food and drink were required to ensure the deceased's continued existence in the afterlife.
- Medium: Limestone, painted
- Place Excavated: Tomb of Queen Neferu, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
- Dates: ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: second part of XI Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 9 5/16 x 11 1/4in. (23.7 x 28.5cm) (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: 56.126
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief Fragment of Offering Bearers, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, painted, 9 5/16 x 11 1/4in. (23.7 x 28.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 56.126. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)