Sandstone offering table of Malewitar

From Faras, Sudan
Meroitic Period, 1st-2nd centuries AD

Offering table with representations of food

Meroitic offering tables tend to be roughly square in shape, with a central depression for holding liquids. Some examples, such as this, bear representations of the food which would be placed on the table, while others have figured decoration. Around the outside is an inscription which names of the owner and gives his parentage.

The Meroitic language is written in two scripts, one derived from hieroglyphs and the other a more cursive form, as here. Although the sound-values of the signs are known, insufficient material for comparison, especially bilingual inscriptions or related languages that are understood, has been found to enable the language to be analysed or translated properly. Thus names can mostly be read, but the longer inscriptions largely defy interpretation.

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F. Ll. Griffith, 'Meroitic funerary inscriptions from Faras, Nubia' in Receuil détudes égyptologiques (Paris, 1922)


Length: 39.400 cm
Width: 36.800 cm

Museum number

EA 1541


Gift of Francis Llewellyn Griffith


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