Soul house

Egyptian
Late First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom
2081–1875 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir Rifa

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14 x 32 cm (5 1/2 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

07.1026

Medium or Technique

Pottery

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Models

Roughly made offering tray of Nile silt, in the form of a “soul house.” On the tray stands a hut with an arched roof, in front of which are offerings consisting of a bundle of vegetables, legs of beef, and the head of an animal, probably a cow.

Provenance

From Deir Rifa or Dendara. 1907: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account.
(Accession Date: 1907)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription