AN EGYPTIAN STEATITE OFFERING SPOON, NEW KINGDOM, 1550-1075 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN STEATITE OFFERING SPOON, NEW KINGDOM, 1550-1075 B.C.

Length 20.3 cm; 8 in

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PROVENANCE
William Kelly Simpson (1928- 2017), New York, acquired in 1974 or prior
Christie’s, New York, October 25th, 2017, no. 1 (illus.)

PUBLISHED
William Kelly Simpson, The Face of Egypt, Permanence and Change in Egyptian Art, Katonah, 1977, no. 70
P. Koob, Divine, Domestic and Desert Animals in Ancient Egyptian Art, Greenwich, 1979, no. 68

EXHIBITED
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1975 (Loan no. 253.1974) and March 22nd, 1984-October 31st, 2000 (Loan no. 64.1984)
Katonah Gallery; and the Dallas Museum of Art, The Face of Egypt, Permanence and Change in Egyptian Art, March 13th-August 28th, 1977
Greenwich Library, Connecticut, Divine, Domestic and Desert Animals in Ancient Egyptian Art, January 4th-March 4th, 1979
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, 1984-1986

CATALOGUE NOTE
Egyptian offering spoon dating to the New Kingdom, frequently take the form of bound animals. Such is the case with the present example which depicts a bound ibex. This is the case with the present example, which a bound ibex. Scholars posit that these spoons served a ritual function during the climax of the funerary ceremony, which occurred when the mummy was once again able to eat. Such spoons then take on the double meaning of both being a functional utensil that aids in the eating process as well as an embodiment of food itself. For another steatite offering spoon in the form of a bound oryx at the the Toledo Museum of Art, see: http://emuseum.toledomuseum.org/objects/56290/ritual-spoon-in-the-form-of-a-bound-oryx;jsessionid=6FBA46D0206AFAA4D95B729F9CC3AB11

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