AN EGYPTIAN SANDSTONE RELIEF
KUSHITE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXV, 712-657 B.C.
Sculpted in shallow raised relief, depicting a couple seated before a t-shaped offering table piled high with loaves of bread, cuts of meat and vegetables, the male figure wearing a kilt, broad collar and wig topped by an ointment cone, his left hand holding a folded linen handkerchief, the other hand extended over the offerings, palm down, his companion to the right wearing a tightly-fitted sheath and a tripartite wig adorned with an ointment cone and fronted by a lotus blossom, her left hand clasping his left bicep, a column of partially-preserved hieroglyphs to the far left, traces of a second offering table preserved along the right edge
19 in. (48.3 cm.) long