Offering table - ROM2018_16141_36


Offering table

Geography: Excavated at the Bucheum, Armant, Egypt
Date: c. 332 BC-642 AD
Period: Ptolemaic to Roman Period
35 x 31 x 10 cm
Object number: 929.52.8
Credit Line: Gift Of Sir Robert Mond
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Offerings were made in ancient Egyptian tombs to aid the deceased in the Afterlife. If real offerings were not available, then representations of offerings were also thought to be effective.  Offering tables, such as this one, traditionally were represented with food offerings.  A libation or liquid offering could be poured on the offering table in honour of the deceased and to provide the deceased with refreshment. This offering table was found at Armant in Upper Egypt in the passage outside the tomb entrance with the spout facing away from the burial. This type of offering table has a depression in the center which represents a sacred lake of an Egyptian temple with steps leading down into it. There are four staircases (one on each side) with 5-6 steps each. The top of the offering table is flat with a single deep channel running around the depression and through the center of the spout  The angular spout projects out about 10 cm; it is about 4 cm wide and then angles back to the base. There is a slight drop from the channel through the spout which would allow liquid offerings to flow out of the offering table. The rectangular block is also chamfered, being about 4 cm wide and then sloping down to the base 

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Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1928-1929
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