Offering Tray

Date: Middle Kingdom, ca. 1985-1650 BC
Maker: Egyptian
Dimensions: 7 7/8 H x 9 ½ W x 2 Diam.
Materials: Limestone
Credit: Gift of Alvord W. Clements
Accession Number: 1964.12.4
Ancient Egyptians created offering trays carved with representations of everyday food, such as beer, bread, oxen, and fowl. The trays were left at tombs so the deceased would have food for the afterlife.
Incised on this limestone tray are silhouettes of two small loaves of bread, on each end, and large loaf in the middle. Two beer jars flank the large center loaf. The tray was originally painted.