Cylindrical Vessel or Stand for Offering Table
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This object 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.
Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E.
III Dynasty ?
4 3/4 x Diam. 5 3/4 in. (12.1 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Cylindrical Vessel or Stand for Offering Table, ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.28_erg2.jpg)
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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).
Condition: Rather badly weathered.
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