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Feeding Cup

Late Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12, late –13
ca. 1850–1700 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, cemetery south-west of pyramid, "toilet basket II," deposited, not with burial
Blue faience, paint
H. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.); W. 8 cm (3 1/8 in.); D. 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 113
This little cup of faience was not found in a tomb, but nestled together with the figure of a crocodile (07.227.19) in a small basket deposited by itself in the ground among the tombs to the west of the pyramid of Amenemhat I at Lisht North. The person who made this deposit could have lived in one of the houses that had been built over the tombs in the cemetery on the south and west of the pyramid.

The shape of the cup permits milk to be fed to a baby. The cup is appropriately decorated with the beneficial deities and daimons otherwise found on the so-called "magic wands," thought to have served for the magical protection of infants (see 86.1.91). On this cup appears a walking lion, an upright standing lion, a long-necked mythical animal, a snake and a turtle.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Lisht, 1906-1907. Acquired by the Museum from the Egyptian Government in the division of finds. Collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. Purchased by the Museum from the Estate of J. P. Morgan, 1944.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 247.

Quirke, Stephen 2015. "Feeding Cup." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 202, no. 133.

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