Model grapes - ROM2018_16165_114


Model grapes

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 3100-2890 BC
Period: 1st Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period
3.1 x 2.2 cm
Object number: 902.6.70
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis model of a bunch of grapes was found in the earliest temple at Abydos by Wm. Matthew Flinders Petrie, in an area he considered to be a ‘rubbish hole’ or even a latrine.  The blue-green glaze has almost entirely worn off this moulded faience piece, and there is nothing to show whether was a votive object in its own right, or an inlay.  A number of other pieces of faience fruit were found in the same area.
Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1900-1902
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