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Model of Helical Shell

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.

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)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Peter Sharrer
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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, 82.170.2. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.82.170.2_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One green faience model of a helical shell. Condition: Abrasions at top and bottom and along edges.
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    Model of Helical Shell