Food case in the shape of a joint of beef (upper part)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2350–2170 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2385 A / 79


Overall: 56 cm (22 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment

Yellow wash inside and out; broken.
Limestone case for upper joint of foreleg of ox

The ancient Egyptians believed the deceased required offerings of food and drink to survive in the next world. In two burial chambers of the Senedjemib family tomb complex at Giza, the Museum Expedition discovered a number of limstone cases in the shape of trussed birds, joints of beef, beef ribs, shoulder pieces or theighs, and cakes of bread. The hollows of these cases are large enough to have contained real food offerings, and several groups of animal boned were discovered nearby. By its shape, this large case probably held a joint of beef.


From Giza, tomb G 2385 A / 79
(Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition