Egyptian Pottery Soul House

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 04 April 2016

This redware pottery depicts the so-called "soul house". It has flattened pellets representing a loop of wood. One of two pillars which supports the roof is lost. Mr. Petrie thought that this object represent dwelling for the soul; this theory is not accepted by all Egyptologists. Not all Egyptians tombs were richly furnished. At one point in Egyptian history, instead of grave goods, poorer individuals had objects, like this one, placed above their burials. Modeled on the tray are miniature representations of bread and meat which would sustain the deceased in the afterlife. From E-Kab, Egypt. 11th to 12th Dynasties, 2024-1700 BCE. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London (with thanks to The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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