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Sandstone offering table of Qenabelile


Length: 45.800 cm
Width: 40.000 cm
Height: 16.500 cm

Excavated by Oxford University

EA 1587

Ancient Egypt and Sudan

    Sandstone offering table of Qenabelile

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

    Offering table showing a goddess and Anubis pouring water

    Meroitic offering tables tend to be roughly square in shape, with a central depression for holding liquids. Some examples bear illustrations of offerings, while this one shows a goddess on the left and Anubis on the right pouring water on behalf of the deceased. Around the outside is an inscription which names 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.

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

    T. Säve-Söderbergh, Temples and tombs of ancient N (London, Thames and Hudson, 1987)


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