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"Opening of the Mouth" cup

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An important part of the Egyptian funeral was a ritual known as the "Opening of the Mouth", which was meant to animate the spirit of the deceased. This model cup was part of the set of magical implements used in the ceremony.

Provenance

From Giza, G 2381 A (the tomb of Impy). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds 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, reign of Neferkara Pepy II, 2246–2152 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 3.5 x 3.6 cm (1 3/8 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.3260

Medium or Technique

Basalt

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels