Model faience hes-vase of Amenhotep II
From the tomb of Amenhotep II, Valley of the
Kings, Thebes, Egypt
18th Dynasty, about 1427-1400 BC
A liquid offering to a god
were regularly used in ancient Egyptian rituals for the pouring of
libations (a liquid offering to a god), often on behalf of the
dead. It was seen as important to maintain these rituals throughout
eternity, and so models of the offering vessels were created for
placing in the tomb. These models are often distinguished from the
authentic vessels by their small size and by the material of which
they are made.
This hes-vase is a typical example, and is inscribed in paint with the names and titles of king Amenhotep II (1427-1400 BC), from whose sepulchre it probably comes.