Oil tablet

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7671 A, shaft

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8.0 x 16.7 x 1.0 cm (3 1/8 x 6 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.796

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egypian alabaster)

On View

Egypt: Old Kingdom Funerary Arts Gallery (Gallery 105B)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Oil tablet engraved with the names of the seven sacred oils used for embalming and religious rites. The depressions on the tablet were meant to hold a drop of each of the oils.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7671 A, shaft. January, 1931: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1931: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1931)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition