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Offering Table of Neferka

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.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2500-2170 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 15/16 × 7 5/8 × 10 1/2 in. (7.5 × 19.3 × 26.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone offering table belonging to (according to Dr. Federn) Neferka, Captain of the Royal Barge, and Scribe of the Marines. Viewed from the top the table is rectangular. There are two depressions in the top surface. The smaller one is rectangular in outline with a tapering depression. The larger depression is rectangular but for the projection from one of the sides of a representation from one of the sides of a representation, in relief, of a loaf of bread (part of the sign “htp”). Within the depression are two representations, in relief, of round loaves of bread. The four sides are vertical for a short distance (1.5 cm.) down from the top surface and then taper in to the flat base. There is an inscription, in sunk hieroglyphs, around the outer edge of the upper surface. Condition: The whole surface is worn. There are many chips and flaking in spots. On the bottom there is brown incrustation. “A boon which the king gives, and a boon which Anubis in front of the divine booth (gives): (namely) a burial in the west after a very good old age (to) the possessor of reverence by the Great God, the Capitan of the Royal Barge, the Scribe of the Marines. Neferka; the King’s Acquaintance, the possessor of reverence by the Great God, (Neferka).”
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Offering Table of Neferka, ca. 2500-2170 B.C.E. Limestone, 2 15/16 × 7 5/8 × 10 1/2 in. (7.5 × 19.3 × 26.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1496E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1496E_erg2.jpg)
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