Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Objects like this were called “basins for libations.” Priests used them in tombs to receive poured offerings for the deceased, such as water, beer, or milk. The basin was sunk flush with the floor inside the tomb. According to some Egyptologists, the basin could be interpreted metaphorically as a tree-shaded pool where the deceased could row or relax.
ca. 2345-2195 B.C.E.
5 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 15 5/8 in. (13 x 26.7 x 39.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Offering Basin, ca. 2345-2195 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 15 5/8 in. (13 x 26.7 x 39.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1493E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1493E_wwgA-2.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1493E_wwgA-2.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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