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soul house

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • 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.

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

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

  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    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

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Registration number



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