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AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE OFFERING TABLE
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Rectangular limestone offering table depicting two Hes vases in the center, in raised relief. The hieroglyphic text in sunk relief along the entire perimeter reads "God's father, prophet, Hem-ka priest ..., prophet of ..., prophet Montu?, god's father, prophet of ..., Isis the great, prophet of Rehorakty? ...Min-Horus ..., lady of the town of Tep-Ihu, giving bread, beer, oxen, fowl, wine, milk and every good and pure thing... Overseer of prophets, Pa-Wab (priest)." Late Period, 600-343 B.C. 14 1/2 inches high X 10 1/2 inches wide. Ex. P.A. collection, a UN diplomat, purchased in Egypt in 1970. Offering tables were an important part of every tomb. Intended to receive the offerings brought to the tomb by the relatives of the deceased or in their names by the mortuary priest. Channels were sometimes cut into the stone for oils and other liquid offerings.


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