Pesesh-kef (Ritual Implement)
This instrument was touched to the mummy’s mouth during the ritual called the “Opening of the Mouth.” The ritual ensured that the deceased became fully alive in the tomb and in the afterlife. This example, from Egyptian prehistory, is similar to those used for thousands of years during Egyptian funerals.
- Medium: Obsidian
- Reportedly From: Akhmim, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
- Period: Predynastic Period, Naqada III Period
- Dimensions: 2 7/16 x 1/4 x 6 7/16 in. (6.2 x 0.6 x 16.3 cm) Measurements: Length 16.3 cm., width at top 6.2 cm. (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 35.1445
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Pesesh-kef (Ritual Implement), ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E. Obsidian, 2 7/16 x 1/4 x 6 7/16 in. (6.2 x 0.6 x 16.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1445. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Black obsidian instrument, either a forked lance or a peseshkef – wand. Edges finely serrated. Probably a ceremonial object. Condition: Broken and assembled from two pieces. Each side of base and top chipped. Probably ritual breakage.
- Record Completeness: Best (85%)