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Egyptian wood and alabaster miniature ceremonial vessels in their original holder, Old Kingdom, 2592-2100 BC

Conservation:  Traces of gold on the surface and slight cracks in the wood
Material:  Alabaster and wood
Dimensions:  3,3 x 7 x 13,3 cm
Provenance:  European private collection / Archaeological Gallery, Spain, 2014
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Published:  “Egipto Mágico”, Catálogo Ars Histórica, Madrid, 2012.


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It is a set of six miniature alabaster vases fitted into their original wooden support, of which there are still traces of gold. Following Egyptian beliefs, everything that was represented could be made real in the Afterlife, so, following that premise, such objects would constitute useful containers for the subject to be supplied for all eternity.
On many occasions the funerary trousseau was reproduced in miniature, since not all Egyptians could afford to build a tomb and include a dignified trousseau. This is the case of the piece we have, which is a container inserted in its original support.
It is not surprising that these containers were hollow, solid, given that the representation in ancient Egypt was conceived in such a way that the most recognizable image of each object was “what you see”. This explains the fake glasses and miniatures as trousseaus, it is not necessary that the product exists, with which we have the shape of its container will be enough to be provided with it for all eternity.

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