Model Food Offering of Bound Gazelle
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. 1479-1292 B.C.E.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Model Food Offering of Bound Gazelle, ca. 1479-1292 B.C.E. Steatite, 1 11/16 x 2 3/8 in. (4.3 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 51.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.51.2_erg456.jpg)
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