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Oil tablet

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Oil tablet engraved with the names of the seven sacred oils used for embalming and religious rites. The depressions on the tablet were meant to hold a drop of each of the oils.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7671 A, shaft. January, 1931: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1931: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: January 1, 1931)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 8.0 x 16.7 x 1.0 cm (3 1/8 x 6 9/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.796

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egypian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects