Model offering dish

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2625–2500 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7440 E


Height x diameter: 1.7 x 4.4 cm (11/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Miniature bowl of Egyptian alabaster, intended to symbolize an offering of food for the deceased. This is one of fifty-eight miniature vessels found in the same tomb at Giza; and one of twenty-two model bains, similar to 27-5-35 to 66 (27.1488 to 27.1519), but with rounded rim, flat base. (27.1520 to 27.1545 or 27-5-67 to 27-5-92)


From Giza, tomb G 7440 Z. 1927: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date May 27, 1927)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition