Offering Table of Hetjer
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Hetjer’s offering table has two depressions to hold liquid and a representation of Hetjer sitting before hieroglyphs that specify his desire for “a thousand of bread . . . of beer . . . of cattle and fowl.” Neferka’s offering table has one depression and representations of what may be a round loaf of bread and a copper pitcher in a basin seen from above. Such offerings were placed on the floors of tomb chapels to hold real food and liquids or, alternatively, to provide them magically through carved images and prayers.
ca. 2350-2170 B.C.E.
Dynasty 6 (probably)
2 9/16 × 7 9/16 × 8 in. (6.5 × 19.2 × 20.3 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Offering Table of Hetjer, ca. 2350-2170 B.C.E. Limestone, 2 9/16 × 7 9/16 × 8 in. (6.5 × 19.2 × 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1491E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1491E_erg2.jpg)
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Offering table of limestone inscribed for a man named Htr. Hieroglyphs and seated figure are plain incised.
Condition: Large chips in upper right and lower left; other small chips. Stone fairly friable.
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