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Offering case in the shape of ribs

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This offering case in the shape of beef ribs was intended to contain food offerings to the deceased, possibly substituting magically in the absence of actual offerings. Both the interior and exterior were originally painted yellow, though now only traces of color remain.

Provenance

From Giza, Tomb G 2385 A / 69. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 55.9 cm (22 in.)

Accession Number

13.4324

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment