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Model Food Offering of Trussed Duck

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Model Food Offerings

Over time, new subjects came to be depicted within the tradition of displaying models of food offerings.

New Kingdom Egyptians continued the Middle Kingdom tradition of leaving smallscale replicas of food as funerary offerings in tombs. Although some types were known earlier—such as the trussed duck and miniature vessels—a new subject was the gazelle. As desert dwellers, gazelles symbolized the chaos that existed in the sterile lands flanking the Nile Valley. Bound gazelles therefore represented the desire for eternal control over chaos.
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2130–1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 11 to Dynasty 17
    PERIOD First Intermediate Period to Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 5 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented; by March 1911, acquired by an unknown dealer in Egypt; March 1911, purchased in Egypt from an unknown dealer by Colonel Robert B. Woodward for the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Banded Egyptian alabaster figure of a trussed duck. Eyes originally were inlaid. Probably a model food offering. Condition: Excellent, one leg missing other slightly chipped. Good workmanship.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Model Food Offering of Trussed Duck, ca. 2130–1539 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite) , 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 5 in. (6.4 × 6.4 × 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.666. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.666_front01_PS22.jpg)
    IMAGE front, 11.666_front01_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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