Seed bag - ROM2018_16337_18


Seed bag

Medium:Fibre, hand-woven
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
24.5 × 32.4 × 3.2 cm
Object number: 907.18.32
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis woven bag was one of many small finds made at the temples of Deir el Bahari by the Egypt Exploration Society expeditions under direction of Edouard Naville between 1893 and 1907.  Objects such as this may have come from tombs in the area, in which case this bag might well have been filled with seed for a deceased person to sow in the next life.  Many of the tools and baskets found by the expedition, however, belonged to the workmen who restored the temple under Ramesses II after it had been desecrated during the iconoclasm of Akhenaten.
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