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soul house

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  • Description

    Fired clay offering tray ('soul-house') in the form an enclosure, with a two-storey building set against the rear wall. An opening in the front wall provides access to a courtyard, in which an array of food offerings are depicted (including fish, vegetables, bread, cuts of meat and jars). The house is accessed through an arched doorway, and a window is provided with a papyriform column as support. A doorway to the left of the house provides access to a staircase leading to the roof, upon which a separate structure is depicted.


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  • Dimensions

    • Width: 41 centimetres
    • Depth: 38 centimetres
    • Height: 17.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 8 kilograms
  • Curator's comments

    Budge. The Mummy (1925). pl. 467, pl. III.
    Roik. Das Altagyptische Wohnhaus. (Frankfurt, 1988). p. 45, fig. 76.
    Wilson. Egyptian Food and Drink. (1988) p. 54.
    G. Hart. Eyewitness Guides: Ancient Egypt. (1990) p. 47.
    J. Putnam. Egyptology: An Introduction to the History, Culture, and Art of Ancient Egypt. (1990) p. 73.
    Quirke and Spencer. BM Book of Ancient Egypt. (1992). p. 114, fig. 90.
    G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.82.
    M. Stead. Egyptian Life. (1994). p. 13, fig. 14.
    Las Casas Del Alma, Barcelona 1997, p.168 [6].
    Sacred Food, Barcelona 2001, p. 204 [91]On this class of object, found in Middle Kingdom cemeteries throughout Egypt, see A. Niwinski. 'Seelenhaus'. Lexikon der Ägyptologie. V. Wiesbaden. 806-813


  • Location

    On display: G61/dc6/sA

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 1997 15 Jan-15 Jun, Spain, Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Architectural Models of Antiquity
    2001 30 Jun-30 Sep, Barcelona, Sacred Food 2002, St Albans, Life and Death
    2015 5th Oct - 2016 24th Jan. New York. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Middle Kingdom.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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