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Offering table with statuette of Sehetepib

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12, late–early 13
Date:
ca. 1850–1775 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, cemetery south of pyramid below House A1:3, Pit 883, MMA excavations, 1920–21
Medium:
Limestone table; greywacke statuette
Dimensions:
a) H. 9 cm (3 9/16 in.); W. 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.); D. 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.) b) H. 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); W. 16.4 cm (6 7/16 in.); D. 13 cm (5 1/8 in.) Combined: H. 10.2 cm (4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922
Accession Number:
22.1.107a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
These objects were found in the vertical shaft of a tomb, but they were probably originally in an aboveground chapel. The statuette is inscribed with the title and name of the owner on the front of his long garment. It is set into a separate base in the shape of a small offering table with a projecting drain, cleverly placing the statue of the owner near the symbolic provisions it would receive.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hölzl, Regina 2015. "Offering Table with Statuette of Sehetepib." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 229–30, no. 167.

Arnold, Dorothea 2015. "Statues in Their Settings: Encountering the Divine." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 20.

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