Circular table - ROM2018_16271_29


Circular table

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Undetermined site, possibly Abydos, Upper Egypt
Date: c. 3100-2181 BC
Period: 1st-6th Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom
5.8 × 32.5 cm
Object number: 918.32.12
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThe production of stone vessels destined for eilte tombs flourished in the Old Kingdom. During this period banded travertine (Egyptian alabaster) was greatly prized because of its translucent quality. Stone offering tables along with the remains of the funerary meal  have been found in the burial chambers of fourth dynasty tombs at Giza, Saqqara and Thebes.These high status tombs were well equipped to provide a suitable lifestyle in the netherworld. This circular flat topped table with bevelled rim was most likely placed in a tomb to provide a final meal for the deceased probably in association with other stone vessels.This table is made from a single piece of stone; the alabaster has scalloped bands in different shades of white and brown.The cylindirical hollow base is 12 cm in diameter
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