Royal Offering Bearer
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
When complete, the scene to which these two fragments belonged showed a long procession of female offering bearers. One figure carries a tall basket and the other brings a tray. In each case the contents are obscured by a cloth, but similar scenes indicate that these gifts were offerings of food. The Egyptians believed that food and drink were required to ensure the deceased’s continued existence in the afterlife.
ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
second part of Dynasty 11
9 5/16 x 11 1/4 in. (23.7 x 28.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Fragment of limestone relief. In sunk-relief, female offering bearer preserved to waist, supporting with right hand a basket on her shoulder; left arm pendant (incomplete) and originally clasping offerings. Wig black, body brown, basket and dress white. Red guide lines still in place. Background plain. Same series as 51.231, 53.178, 54.49.
Condition: Incomplete. Areas adjoining left hand and head are damaged with loss of portion of head and basket. Paint worn.
Royal Offering Bearer, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 9 5/16 x 11 1/4 in. (23.7 x 28.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 56.126. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.56.126_erg2.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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