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Oval fruit-basket, with a flat lid, of coiled palm fibre. The basket contains figs and dates.
Height: 6.80 centimetres (basket)
Length: 20.20 centimetres (basket)
Length: 17 centimetres (lid)
Thickness: 1.80 centimetres (lid)
Width: 12.30 centimetres (basket)
Width: 11.60 centimetres (lid)
- Curator's comments
- On basketry in ancient Egypt, see Wendrich, “Basketry” in P.T. Nicholson and I. Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, 254-67.
On the use of figs and dates in pharaonic Egypt, see M.A. Murray, 'Fruits, Vegtables, Pulses and Condiments' in P.T. Nicholson and I. Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge, 2000), 617-20, 622-4. The placing of fruits in baskets was a common feature of the elite New Kingdom burial assemblage (Smith, MDAIK 48 : 210-11).
- On display (G61/dc2/sD)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.5396 (Birch Slip Number)