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Offering tray

The baked clay trays here displayed were probably used as actual offering tables. They have internal divisions and a raised edge which recalls the girdle wall of the typical courtyard of the Egyptian house; they are indeed also known as “soul houses”. Separately manufactured models of funerary offerings – loaves, fishes, cow heads and legs, vegetables – were placed in the middle of the tray; the channels presumably served the purpose of draining out liquid offerings poured directly on the tray.

S. 9179
Baked clay
2118–1980 BCE
First Intermediate Period
Asyut
Schiaparelli excavations (1908)
Not on display
Museo Egizio