Brewer's Vat of Queen Mother Ankhenes-Pepi

Old Kingdom

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.

Brewer's Vat of Queen Mother Ankhenes-Pepi, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

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