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

Brewer's Vat of Queen Mother Ankhenes-Pepi

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 6
reign of Pepi II
ca. 2246–2152 B.C.
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)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. V. Everit Macy, 1923
Accession Number:
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.
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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: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 129, 130; fig. 79.