Offering case for an oval cake

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2353–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2385 A / 68


Height x width x length: 11.3 x 23.5 x 31 cm (4 7/16 x 9 1/4 x 12 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment

This limestone offering case in the shape of an oval cake was intended to contain food offerings to the deceased, or possibly to magically substitute for such offerings in their absence. Both the interior and exterior were originally painted yellow, traces of which remain.


From Giza, tomb G 2385 A / 68. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: December 4, 1912)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition