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.
ca. 1539-1075 B.C.E.
Dynasty 18 to Dynasty 20
Museum Collection Fund
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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_NegL575_3A_print_bw.jpg)
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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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