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Offering Jar and Stand

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Funerary Gallery 3, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This jar and stand were used in a tomb to offer water, milk, beer, or wine to the deceased. They were set up in front of a “false door” (a stone panel carved to resemble a door), which the deceased was believed to pass through in order to drink the offering.
MEDIUM Granite, limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2475–2345 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 5
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 22 3/16 in. (56.3 cm) (Stand): 15 9/16 x 6 in. (39.6 x 15.2 cm) (Bowl): 5 1/4 x 6 5/16 in. (13.3 x 16.1 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone offering stand (b) supporting one pink granite (pegmatite) bowl. The stand is inscribed for the "Overseer of the Granary Irukaptah". 37.18E (a) and (b) is a companion piece. Condition: (a) bowl is in good condition. Examination of the base revealed a vertical cut or slot in the bottom 1.4 cm wide and 1 cm deep. (b) base has large area missing on the right hand side. This extends from the rim down towards the middle of the vessel. The rim of the lower edge is slightly chipped in parts
    CAPTION Offering Jar and Stand, ca. 2475–2345 B.C.E. Granite, limestone, 22 3/16 in. (56.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.19E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.19E_wwgA-2.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.19E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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