From Egypt; Probably from Memphite Region, Saqqara, South Saqqara
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
H. 17.3 × diam. 11.4 cm (6 13/16 × 4 1/2 in.); spout L. 1.5 cm (9/16 in)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
This miniature spouted basin on a stand is copied from a large pottery brewer's vat that would have rested on a woven reed stand. It was probably part of the funerary equipment of Queen Mother Ankhnes-Pepi or of her son Pepi II. Beer was a staple of the Egyptian diet, and this small basin would have magically provided it to the deceased throughout eternity.
Given to the Museum by Mr. and Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923.