Relief Fragment of a Woman from Tomb of Neferu Painted limestone, 9 1/16 x 12 1/2in. (23 x 31.7cm)
Middle Kingdom, second part of XI Dynasty, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
Excavated from Tomb of Queen Neferu, Thebes (Deir el Bahri), Egypt
Brooklyn #53.178 , Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
"When complete, the scene to which this fragment belonged showed a long procession of female offering bearers. One figure carries a tall basket and the other brings a tray.
"In each case the contents are obscured by a cloth, but similar scenes indicate that these gifts were offerings of food. The Egyptians believed that food and drink were required to ensure the deceased's continued existence in the afterlife."