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.

Height 13.8 cm; 5 ¼ in

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PROVENANCE
Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck, New York, acquired prior to 1978
Resandro collection, Munich
Christie’s, London, The Resandro Collection, July 3rd, 2018, no. 10

PUBLISHED
Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (ed.), Aesthetic Glimpses, Masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian Art, The Resandro Collection, Munich, 2012, p. 47, no. R-160

EXHIBITED
The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1978-1987

CATALOGUE NOTE
Egyptian offering spoon dating to the New Kingdom, frequently take the form of bound animals. This is the case with the present example, which depicts a back to back heads of trussed ducks or geese. 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 double sucks at the Egypt Centre in Swansea, see https://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/the-collection-2/the-collection/w1022/ .

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