An Egyptian Calcite Offering Table, 6th Dynasty, 2360-2195 B.C.
of circular form, finely carved in shallow relief with a loaf of bread resting on a mat and flanked by circular vessels, a circular plate for the offering of bread with rectangular vessel on either side below, the mat incised with an inscription translating, "The king gives an offering, which is given to Anubis on his mountain for him who is honoured by the god Ptah-Sokar, the priest of Maat and chief of the court(-hall), Senni."
Diameter 32.7 cm.; thickness 2.2 cm.
Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, November 21st, 1967, no. 496, pl. 3
German private collection, Hamburg, acquired at the above sale
by descent to the present owner
"Kunst der Antike. Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz," Museum für Kunst u. Gewerbe, Hamburg, January 21st-March 6th, 1977
Hartwig Altenmüller, in Wilhelm Hornbostel, ed., Kunst der Antike. Schätze aus norddeutschem Privatbesitz, exh. cat., Mainz, 1977, no. 5, pp. 7-9, illus.