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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.)
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
DIMENSIONS 9 1/8 x 21 1/4 in. (23.2 x 53.9 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.61.195.3_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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