Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photo for Today - More from the Walters Art Museum

Offering Table

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks

Date (Period): ca. 1280-1220 BC (New Kingdom)
Medium: white limestone
Measurements: 12 3/16 x 12 13/16 x 2 1/16 in. (31 x 32.5 x 5.2 cm)

Item Description:
The offering table was an essential element of the funerary cult and was usually placed near the deceased's tomb in an offering niche or chapel. If the cult ceased to function, the carved images of food and drink on the table served as magical substitutes, thus insuring the survival of the deceased's ka, or spirit.

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