Juergen Liepe

Round loaves of bread, lotus blossoms, grapes and a duck are heaped on an offering table at the center of this Egyptian votive stela, dating to about 900 B.C.E. At right, Djedamoniuankh, the stela’s owner, raises her hands in worship before the falcon-headed god Re-Horakhty, to whom she makes this splendid offering. Re-Horakhty expresses his acceptance by reaching toward the gifts.

In the lower register, a mourning woman tears out her hair while crouching before a necropolis. Behind her, an offering table with two loaves of bread stands between date-palm trees.

Images of tables laden with bread, meat and fruit abound in Egyptian funerary art.