Base of an offering table

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor)
Object Type
Religious or cult object, Offering table (wdḥw)
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor, Deir el-Medina
Height: 430mm | Width: 269mm | Depth: 265mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Amun-Re | Anuqet | Ennead | Khnum | Satet

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The limestone base of an offering table belonging to Paneb. The stand was probably set up in one of the small private chapels adjoining the village. The vertical text on the front is a dedication of offerings to Amun of the Perfect Encounter in order to obtain his blessing for Paneb. The horizontal text record the name of his father and son, Neferseret and Aapahte. On the rear is a dedication to Khnum, Satet and Anuket, gods of the first cataract region, who were held in particular honour by the workmen at Deir-el-Medina. It was purchased by Wellcome at an auction of Rustafjaell material in 1907. It was published in Gottinger Miszellen 1998 by Gareth Lucas. The chief workman Paneb, son of Nefersenut, is well known from several sources. He is first attested as a workman in year 66 of Ramesses II. He began to prepare Tomb 211 when still a workman. He became chief workman between years 1 and 5 of Seti II and is last attested in office in year 2, probably of Siptah. He was most likely disgraced and removed from office at the end of the Nineteenth Dynasty, although the exact date is uncertain.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 33] Lucas, Gareth 1998. Four Egyptian pieces in the Wellcome Collection at Swansea, I. Göttinger Miszellen 167, 83–87.

3D Model

Other Identity
1363 (notes by VA Donohue state that there was a circular label with serrated edges upon which 1363 was written in ink.)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 09–10 Dec 1907, Lot 79
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'


Side 1: Vertical inscription [... n] kꜣ.k i͗mn-rꜥ n ṯḥn nfr nṯr ꜥꜣ ḥḳꜣ psḏt di͗.f ꜥnḫ<w> wḏꜣ<w> snb<w> n kꜣ n sḏm-<ꜥš>-m-st-mꜣꜥt pꜣ-nb mꜣꜥ-ḫrw [... for] your ka, Amun-Re of the Happy Encounter, the Great God, Ruler of the Ennead, (in order that) he may give life, prosperity, and health to the ka of the Servant in the Place of Truth, Paneb, true of voice. Horizontal (left side): sꜣ.f ꜥꜣ-pḥty [mꜣꜥ-ḫrw] His son, Aaphety, [true of voice]. Horizontal (right side): i͗t.f nfr-snwt nb-<i͗mꜣ>ḫ mꜣꜥ-ḫrw His father, Nefersenut, possessor of reference, true of voice. Side 2: [...] nfrt wꜥbt n kꜣ.k ẖnmw stt ꜥnḳt di͗.sn ꜥḥꜥ nfr n mḥ-i͗b n kꜣ n pꜣ-nb mꜣꜥ-ḫrw [...] good and pure for your ka, Khnum, Satet, and Anuqet, (in order that) they may give a happy lifespan of enjoyment for the ka of Paneb, true of voice.

Personal Names
Aaphety (ꜥꜣ-pḥty) | Nefersenut (nfr-snwt) | Paneb (pꜣ-nb)
Last modified: 12 Jan 2023

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