Travertine offering table



Accession Number
W2045C
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Stone case
Object Type
Religious or cult object, Offering table (wdḥw)
Period
Old Kingdom
Dynasty
Fifth Dynasty
Material
Stone/minerals (Travertine (Egyptian alabaster))
Measurements
Diameter: 340mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A travertine stone table, made in one piece. It had been broken into five pieces. This is similar to tables published in Spencer AJ, 1980 ('Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum Vol V Early Dynastic Objects' nos. 244 and 245), in which they are dated from the Third to Fourth Dynasties. Such tables were placed in tombs and offerings to feed the soul of the deceased placed upon them. This example was part of the collection of Lord Aberdare, and was transferred from the National Museum of Wales Cardiff.

Bibliography

Spencer AJ, 1980 ('Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the British Museum Vol V Early Dynastic Objects' nos. 244 and 245). Bolshakov, AO. 2001. Offering Tables in Redford, D.B. (ed.) 'The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt', 272-6.

Other Identity
24-85-41 (in ink on inside of base)
Previous Owners
Henry Bruce, 2nd Baron Aberdare (1851–1929) | National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Acquisition
Gift, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (05 Dec 1983)
Last modified: 24 Feb 2022

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