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Table of Offerings

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.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES ca. 2345-2195 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY VI Dynasty
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/8 x 10 1/2 x 15 5/8 in. (13 x 26.7 x 39.7 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1493E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Table of Offerings, 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)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.37.1493E_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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