Offering Table of Nesptah

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 22 July 2016

This offering table, from a temple or a tomb, bears a depiction of a mat laid with food offerings; loaves, water vessels, and fowl. Ritual libations were poured over the images to purify them for the magical consumption by the owner's spirit. The water ran off via the spout. The inscription identifies the owner as Nesptah, son of Governor Montuemhat. Nesptah inherited his father's worldly and priestly offices. Early 26th Dynasty, reign of Psamtek I, circa 650 BCE. From Thebes, probably from Asasif, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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