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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Deir el-Bahari (found)

  • Date:

    c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed composition

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Egypt Exploration Fund.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Since the earliest stages of Egyptian history, fruit and vegetables had formed part of the offerings given to the deceased to ensure they were provisioned for the Afterlife, be these actual foodstuffs or depictions of such on tomb walls and stelae. Model fruits were also offered in place of real (and perishable) items.

This model fruit was one of many items found deposited at the mortuary temple of Deir el-Bahari during the New Kingdom. They were deposited as votive offerings, placed in the shrine to the goddess Hathor within the temple complex. The turquoise colour typical of glazed composition was considered appropriate for this goddess, one of whose Epithets was 'Lady of Turquoise'.

Physical description

Blue glazed composition model fruit, shaped as an irregular sphere with a ridge on one side. Portions of the surface glaze have come away to reveal the body material beneath.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Deir el-Bahari (found)


c. 1550 BC - c. 1292 BC

Materials and Techniques

Glazed composition


Diameter: 3.8 cm

Object history note

Found at Deir el-Bahari, 1904-5 excavation season.

Descriptive line

Miniature votive fruit, blue glazed composition, Deir el-Bahari, Egypt, New Kingdom, likely Dynasty Eighteen


Ceramics Collection

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