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Offering Table

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
A carver created the thin top and conical base of this offering table out of one piece of very hard stone. The base was hollowed out with a drill. Tables like this one held food or other substances as offerings to a god or a deceased person.
MEDIUM Anorthosite gneiss
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2800–2675 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 2 (probably)
    PERIOD early Dynastic Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 13/16 x greatest diam. 14 9/16 in. (12.2 x 37 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Black gabbro offering table with cylindrical base. Flaring bottom and flat circular top. Hollow foot. Condition: Small chips from rim and foot.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Pre-Dynastic, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Offering Table, ca. 2800–2675 B.C.E. Anorthosite gneiss, 4 13/16 x greatest diam. 14 9/16 in. (12.2 x 37 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.58E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.58E_erg3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.58E_erg3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/21/2007
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