Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom to Second Intermediate Period, ca. 1800 to 1500 BCE. A horseshoe-shaped ceramic offering table with a raised border and a shallow incised motif that resembles dual crescent moons hanging from a rope. Offerings would have been placed into these grooves. Offering tables were a central part of cult monuments and tombs in ancient Egypt, part of a tradition that stretches back to pre-Dynastic times. People would leave food on mats in front of tombs; over time, these became more elaborate, turning into offering tables like this one. Size: 10.4" W x 11.75" H (26.4 cm x 29.8 cm)
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA; ex-Ancient Resource, Los Angeles, California, USA; ex-private London, England collection, acquired in the 1970s to 1980s
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Repaired from two pieces, with some losses along the peripheries and the repair line, as shown. Rich deposits on surface. TL drill hole on underside.