Pottery bowl containing dom palm fruits

From Thebes, Egypt
New Kingdom, around 1500 BC

A favourite food to take to the Afterlife

The fruit of the dom palm was among the commonest foods enjoyed by the ancient Egyptians. These examples, in a pottery bowl, were probably placed in a tomb as offerings for the dead. In addition to its role of providing sustenance, the fruit of the dom also seems to have had a further significance as providing water and new life, an additional reason for placing it in the tomb.

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Pottery bowl containing dom palm fruits

Pottery bowl

  • Dom palm fruits

    Dom palm fruits

 

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Bibliography

H. Wilson, Egyptian food and drink (Aylesbury, Shire Publications, 1988)

Dimensions

Height: 15.500 cm
Width: 17.500 cm (max.)

Museum number

EA 30942;EA 35939;EA 35952

YCA31265;YCA61925;YCA61926

Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund

Location

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