Tablet for seven oils

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 4733 E


Height: 2.2 cm; width: 9.2 cm; length: 19.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2020


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects

Tablet divided into seven sections by incised lines, each labeled with a hieroglyphic text naming one of the sacred oils used in annointing the body of the deceased. A circular depression in each compartment served as a recepticle for the oil.


From Giza, tomb G 4733 E. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1924: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt, 1924.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition