Model dish - ROM2018_16141_7


Model dish

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
1.2 x 4.3 cm
Object number: 902.6.60
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

At the southern end of the Terrace Temple of Ahmose at Abydos almost 2000 small ceramic and stone vessels were found. Described by Currelly as a “foundation deposit,” it is more likely that this was a collection of miniature vessels used in the offering rituals of the temple and then discarded.  Miniature ceramic vessels were easily mass produced and were suitable for the daily temple offerings. The shapes of the miniature vessels derive from those of the full-sized vessels of this period and earlier. This model dish was hastily made from Nile silt.  It is asymmetrically made, with the interior smoothed and the exterior left untreated. It has a flat string-cut base. The rim is chipped

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1900-1902
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