Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
ca. 1836-1700 B.C.E.
late XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
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Gift of Peter Sharrer
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Model 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, 82.170.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.170.2_PS9.jpg)
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One green faience model of a helical shell.
Condition: Abrasions at top and bottom and along edges.
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