Relief of Temple Courtyard with Incense Burners and Altars
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Altars laden with food offerings appear frequently in temple decorations, reflecting the importance of such offerings in temple rituals. The Egyptians believed the ka-soul of each deity, king, or mortal whose statue stood in a temple consumed and benefited from the essence of offerings. (The actual food was divided among the temple’s clergy.)
ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Relief of Temple Courtyard with Incense Burners and Altars, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (23.2 x 53.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.195.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.61.195.3_wwgA-2.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.61.195.3_wwgA-2.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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