Model dish - ROM2018_16141_16


Model dish

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
2 × 4.5 cm
Object number: 902.6.63
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionAt 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 has been hastily made from Nile silt and is assymetrical.  The interior is smoothed and the exterior has been left untreated. It has a flat string-cut base. A broken piece of the rim has been restored.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1900-1902
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