Cylindrical Vessel or Stand for Offering Table
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
This object may have been a container but was more probably used as a stand for a disk-shaped stone offering table. Egyptian alabaster, a form of calcite, is related to limestone. Egyptians appreciated the beauty of alabaster, but they rarely used it for sculpture because of its color variations.
Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E.
Dynasty 3 (?)
4 3/4 x Diam. 5 3/4 in. (12.1 x 14.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Kom-el-Ahmar, Egypt, reportedly in the brick fillings of a shaft in a mastaba of the Ancient Empire, 3rd Dynasty; 1907, excavated by Henri de Morgan for the Brooklyn Museum.
Stand of an offering table, very slightly tapering, or cylindrical vase used as such. Deeply hollowed, with coverging boring. Top (base) and ring-base (rim) perfectly flat. Sides straight, extremely slightly narrowing to base (rim).
Condition: Rather badly weathered.
Cylindrical Vessel or Stand for Offering Table, ca. 2675-2170 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 4 3/4 x Diam. 5 3/4 in. (12.1 x 14.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.28. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.28_erg2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/16/2007
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