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Model Offering Vase with Conical Cover

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.

Catalogue Description:
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.


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