Offering table of King Thutmose III
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose III
Findspot: Egypt, Quft (Coptos)
Heigh x Width x length: 21.6 x 92.8 x 49 cm (8 1/2 x 36 9/16 x 19 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Massive granodiorite offering table in the form of a “hetep” sign, the Egyptian hieroglyph for “offering.” It was placed in a temple complex dedicated to the god Amen and the goddess Renenutet, Mistress of the Granary. Images of two round loaves of bread and two tall jars resting on an offering mat are carved in relief of the top surface. An offering prayer dedicated by the pharaoh Thutmose III runs around the edge of the table. The cartouches have been mutilated, probably under Akhenaten, who erased the name of Amen.
This table takes the form of the hieroglyphic sign for “offerings”, pronounced hetep, and composed of a rectangular tray with a loaf of bread placed upon it. Within the bordered frame of this design is another hetep sign, this time shown with additional loaves and cakes. The small canal or slit at the front allowed for the drainage of offering liquids.
From Quft. 1923: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, May-June 1923; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition