Strainer made from bowl with holes punched in base - ROM2018_16213_19


Strainer made from bowl with holes punched in base

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
5.5 × 16.8 cm
Object number: 909.77.15
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionAfter W. M. Petrie’s excavations at the royal tombs of Abydos in 1900-1901, the Egypt Exploration Fund continued excavations at Abydos.  In 1908-1909 cemetery F was excavated by a team headed by W. L.S. Loat and E.R. Ayrton and the contents of one of the tombs, F109, has come to the Royal Ontario Museum. This tomb assemblage represents a typical middle class burial at the end of the Old Kingdom. This strainer made from a simple bowl was placed in the tomb for the use of the deceased in the afterlife.  The bowl with straight vertical sides, sharp ridging on the interior and a squared off bevelled rim had 33 holes in the base pierced from the interior to the exterior pre-firing. It was then coated with a red slip inside and out.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1908-1909
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