An Egyptian limestone offering slab Possibly Old Kingdom or later The square slab with an angled groove around the edge, the spout missing, unusually carved on top with two shallow feet and a leafy frond between, in front a deep cut stepped trough for libations, with an old collection number sticker on one side, 105/8in. (27cm.) diam., chipped and worn
Provenance: Archaeologia Gallery, 1972-1983.
Literature: For a discussion of the deep cut stepped trough featured on this slab, cf. Exhibition catalogue, Mummies and Magic; The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt, (Museum of Fine Arts Boston 1988), no.147, p.199, where it is suggested this this feature represents, 'a reservoir or temple's sacred lake, emphasising the idea that the offering table's owner will have an abundance of cool water in his or her afterlife.'