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Buchis Bull Offering Table

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Some animals could live forever in the afterlife. The Buchis Bull was an incarnation of Montu the war god. In death it received a burial in a special cemetery devoted to other bulls who had similarly been an incarnation of Montu. These bulls also received funerary equipment. This offering table has a central depression for solid food and a double channel around the side that leads to the spout for liquids. Regular offerings on such a table helped feed the bull in the next life.
MEDIUM Sandstone
DATES ca. 200 B.C.E.-300 C.E.
PERIOD Late Ptolemaic Period to Roman Period
DIMENSIONS 4 5/8 x 13 11/16 x 17 1/4 in. (11.8 x 34.7 x 43.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 32.2088
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Buchis Bull Offering Table, ca. 200 B.C.E.-300 C.E. Sandstone, 4 5/8 x 13 11/16 x 17 1/4 in. (11.8 x 34.7 x 43.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 32.2088. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 32.2088_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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