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 1/4 in. (23.7 x 28.5 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: 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 1/4 in. (23.7 x 28.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 56.126. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragment of limestone relief. In sunk-relief, female offering bearer preserved to waist, supporting with right hand a basket on her shoulder; left arm pendant (incomplete) and originally clasping offerings. Wig black, body brown, basket and dress white. Red guide lines still in place. Background plain. Same series as 51.231, 53.178, 54.49. Condition: Incomplete. Areas adjoining left hand and head are damaged with loss of portion of head and basket. Paint worn.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)