An Egyptian Diorite Offering Table Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
An Egyptian Diorite Offering Table Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE

An Egyptian Diorite Offering Table Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE

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The most important part of any tomb was the offering place where physical food and drink would in theory be set each day for all eternity so that the spirit forms which survived death, in particular the ka, should continue to be maintained in the Afterlife. These daily supplies soon came to be set upon an offering table on which was carved or painted their image as a second guarantee if the real foodstuffs were not forthcoming: the representation could by magical means come into three-dimensional being. An amulet in the shape of an offering table, such as this example, would thus guarantee a fully supplied Afterlife. Hand-carved from speckled black and white diorite, this rectangular offering table amulet has a suspension loop at the top. It has been strung as a pendant on an adjustable 18" modern chain of 18K yellow gold.

Condition: the amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall. It has been restrung as a pendant on an adjustable 18" modern chain of 18K yellow gold.

Dimensions: Length: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)

Provenance: Private collection of Geoffrey Metz, Egyptologist, Uppsala University, Sweden. Metz catalog number M72, acquired in the 1990s from the English trade.

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