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Model Food Offering of Trussed Duck

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Model Food Offerings

Over time, new subjects came to be depicted within the tradition of displaying models of food offerings.


New Kingdom Egyptians continued the Middle Kingdom tradition of leaving smallscale replicas of food as funerary offerings in tombs. Although some types were known earlier—such as the trussed duck and miniature vessels—a new subject was the gazelle. As desert dwellers, gazelles symbolized the chaos that existed in the sterile lands flanking the Nile Valley. Bound gazelles therefore represented the desire for eternal control over chaos.
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty-XX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/16 x 4 7/16 in. (5.3 x 11.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 11.666
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Model Food Offering of Trussed Duck, ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster, 2 1/16 x 4 7/16 in. (5.3 x 11.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.666. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.11.666_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.11.666_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Banded alabaster figure of a trussed duck. Eyes originally were inlaid. Probably a model food offering. Condition: Excellent, one leg missing other slightly chipped. Object probably intended as a model food offering. Good workmanship.
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