Bovine rib - 909.77.57.B_1


Bovine rib

Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 2345-2181 BC
Period: 6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
15.87 cm
Object number: 909.77.57.B
Not on view

After 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. A group of miscellaneous bone fragments like this bovine rib, were found in this grave. Animal sacrifices and incense burning would be expected at 6th Dynasty funerals.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1908-1909
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