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.
mn-anx-nfr-kA-raw The-life-of-Neferkare-endures (The pyramid complex of Pepy II) mw.t-nswt anx-n=s-ppy The king's mother, Ankhenes-Pepi
Given to the Museum by Mr. and Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923.
Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 18.
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: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 129, 130; fig. 79.