Model of Helical Shell
The Egyptians believed they would need food and drink in the afterlife. Early Dynasty 12 burials commonly included large wooden models depicting offering bearers or people engaged in activities such as baking bread and brewing beer. Later, under Senwosret III, the large wooden models were replaced by small-scale replicas of food. These faience shells probably represented a variety of Red Sea snail, an ancient delicacy.
This text refers to these objects: ' 82.170.3; 82.170.2
- Medium: Faience
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1836-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 1 3/16 x 1 7/8 in. (3 x 4.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 82.170.3
- Credit Line: Gift of Peter Sharrer
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Model of Helical Shell, ca. 1836-1700 B.C.E. Faience, 1 3/16 x 1 7/8 in. (3 x 4.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Peter Sharrer, 82.170.3. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One green glazed faience model of a helical shell. Condition: Abrasions at and bottom and along edges with the addition of a large chip missing on the ribbing of the shell.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)