Cup with traces of gypsum from foundation deposit - ROM2018_16141_21


Cup with traces of gypsum from foundation deposit

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
8.3 x 6.9 cm
Object number: 905.2.131
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This cup was found in a foundation deposit near the southeast entry to the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. The deposit contained an ox skull, some leg bones, two cups and two jars. These objects were votive offering placed in the foundations of the building as part of a ceremony in which the temple was dedicated to the god, theoretically by the king. This tall cup with everting walls and flat base is made of Nile silt. There is an uneven band of white around the rim inside and out, perhaps from gypsum used in the foundation ceremony.  A few splashes of white also appear on the interior walls and on the base of the vessel.

Object History: Excavated by Egypt Exploration Society (W.M. Flinders Petrie), 1902-1904
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