Limestone case for fowl offering

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G/2381 Z /117

Dimensions

Length: 20.0 cm (7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4316

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment

This offering case in the shape of a plucked goose was intended to contain anactual offering of fowl for the tomb, possibly magically substituting for them in the absence of real offerings. It was originally painted yellow, but only traces of paint survive. Only the bottom half has survived.

Provenance

From Giza, Tomb G 2381 Z / 117. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition