Offering table

New Kingdom, Ramesside

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122

Offering tables were often placed in a chapel to have water poured over it. In funerary contexts, it would have nourished the spirit of the deceased and provided eternal sustenance for the tomb owner for eternity.

The carving in relief on this black granite table depicts eight round loaves of bread between two tall libation vessels. The roughly inscribed texts on the vessel bear the name of Ramesses II and Hetepnefer and Dןenrasheri, to whom this offering table was carved.

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