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Votive Bed

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 22
ca. 945–715 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb MMA 825, MMA excavations, 1929–30
Pottery, paint
L. 34.5 cm (13 9/16 in); w. 29 cm (11 7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Three votive beds (31.3.108, 31.3.109 and a third in Cairo) and a small stela (31.3.110) were excavated in MMA tomb 825 at Deir el Bahri. These are very well-preserved examples of a type of object that appeared only in Thebes between the 22nd and 26th Dynasties. Recent studies of the type and of MMA 31.3.108 in particular have revealed much about their significance and about their many interesting implications for understanding non-temple religious practices and artistic provision for the same.
Museum excavations, 1929-1930. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1931.

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