Model offering table

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Neferkara Pepy II
2246–2152 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Impy, G 2381 A


height x width x diameter: 12 x 18.7 x 19.6 cm (4 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018


The Ancient World



The table was made in the form of the hetep hieroglyph, the Egyptian word for “offering,” that took the shape of an oblong loaf of bread placed upright on a mat. Other vessels were intended to hold the sacred oils and unguents that guaranteed rebirth. A basin and ewer for ritual washing and an incense burner rounded out the assortment.


From Giza G 2381 A (tomb of Impy). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition