Pot with fruit

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from Qurneh, Egypt

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Pot with fruit

This ceramic pot containing dried grapes and dates 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 red pot preserved the remains of dried grapes and dates. It was placed in the burial between a stool and the coffin.

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: 000-180-001-476-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1909.527.24
Date: 17th Dynasty
17th Dynasty
2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty (around 1641 to 1539 BC)
Dimensions: 7.50" D
What: Fruit / grape / date
Pan / grape / date
Subject: Food
Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt, Qurneh
Description: Fruit consisting of dried grapes and dates: Ancient Egyptian, from Qurneh, 17th Dynasty
Red pottery pan containing dried grapes and dates: Ancient Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 17th Dynasty
  • 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 
  • Qurneh / by W.M. Flinders Petrie. London, B.S.A.E. & B. Quaritch, 1909, 6 - 10 
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