Oil tablet

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7671 A, shaft


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


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egypian alabaster)

On View

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


The Ancient World


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.


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