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soul house

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA22783

  • Description

    Pottery "soul house" showing a house with two stairways leading to an upper storey with a flat roof. Modelled food and drink offerings are depicted in the courtyard.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • BC2125-1985
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.7 centimetres
    • Width: 22.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 26.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Pottery 'soul houses' were placed in tombs to guarantee the provisioning of food offerings for the deceased in the afterlife.

    Published:
    Budge. The Mummy (1925). p. 467.

    Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt (Japan 1999-2000): No 128

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2001 26 Jun-23 Sep, Birmingham Gas Hall, Egypt Revealed
    2011 6 Oct - 19 Feb, The British Museum, G35, 'Grayson Perry- Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman'
    2016-2017 10 Oct-30 Apr, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Ancient Lives
    2017 16 Jun-18 Oct, Hong Kong Science Museum, Ancient Lives

  • Condition

    good

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1889

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA22783

  • Registration number

    1889,1014.2


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