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from Qurneh, Egypt

Postcard of Cup.
© National Museums Scotland


This earthenware cup is among a number of grave goods placed in the rich burial of a woman and child at Qurneh in Egypt, sometime in the 17th Dynasty. The woman may have been a queen.

The shallow, circular cup preserved the remains of dried grapes and dates when it was found.

In ancient Egypt, the dead were often buried with a variety of goods that symbolised important aspects of funerary belief. This burial is exceptionally wealthy in food offerings, jewellery and furniture, all the more remarkable since it dates from the 17th Dynasty, a period when Egypt was politically divided and relatively impoverished.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-466-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1909.527.23
Date: 2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty (around 1641 to 1539 BC)
Middle Kingdom
What: Cup / grape / date
Subject: Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: Shallow, circular cup of red earthenware, containing dried grapes and dates: Ancient Egyptian, Middle Kingdom
  • Petrie, W. M. Flinders. Qurneh. London: School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1909. 
  • Qurneh / by W.M. Flinders Petrie. London, B.S.A.E. & B. Quaritch, 1909, 6 - 10 
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