Offering Table



Offering Table


2543-2120 BC


Old Kingdom


Calcite (Egyptian alabaster)
2 15/16 x 15 9/16 in. (7.5 x 39.5 cm)

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Tables such as this would have been placed on the ground or on top of tall pottery stands. They are frequently depicted in tomb scenes showing the deceased seated at a table piled high with food.

Offering tables appear in the Early Dynastic Period and were commonly included in the burial equipment of the Old Kingdom. They were frequently made of calcite, although other types of stone were also used. While they are rarely found after the end of the Sixth Dynasty, they continue to be represented in offering scenes until the end of pharaonic civilization.

Credit Line

Ex Brummer Collection, donated by the Brummer-Laszlo Family


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2001 - Present
Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum, 2001), 25.


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