This model vessel reproduce the form of the hieroglyph hes. The hes-sign forms the root for several words, including both "favored one "an epithet applied to the blessed dead—and "repulse" or "turn away." These vessels acted as three-dimensional hieroglyphs, conveying both the deceased's special status and the wish to ward off evil after death.
Pair of blue faience offering vases (Hs shape) with separate conical covers. Undecorated. Probably models. Condition: Bad, each vase has been broken and mended but small portion missing on edges of break. Rims chipped, glaze badly worn. Glaze extensively cracked. Color is good.