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An Old Kingdom Bowl From Mendes In The Brooklyn Museum Of Art: A Preliminary Investigation Of Its Archaeological Context

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One of the vessels from the deposit, a carinated bowl, now in Brooklyn and its context is the subject of this preliminary study. Recent excavations and studies of Old Kingdom cemeteries, both in Memphite and provincial areas, have drawn attention to pottery deposits in tomb contexts and to the reflection of funerary rituals and cults in the archaeological record. This is a most heartening trend, as such deposits have tended to be subsumed into the find lists of excavations, and their value as reflections of ancient Egyptian funerary customs has thus been obscured. For the lesser elite, such deposits may have played a more important role in funerary ritual and as funerary offerings than previously realized. As part of such a deposit, the Brooklyn bowl will continue to be part of ongoing studies of the evidence for such practices at Mendes.

Keywords: archaeological remains; Brooklyn Museum; Mendes; Old Kingdom bowl



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