Late Middle Kingdom
This little cup of faience was not found in a tomb, but was 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 demons otherwise found on so-called "magic wands," thought to have served for the magical protection of infants (see 86.1.91). On this cup appear a walking lion, an upright standing lion, a long-necked mythical animal, a snake, and a turtle.
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