Egyptian Middle Kingdom faience figE85
A blue glazed faience votive model of a fruit, probably a sycamore fig, with a piriform body and pinched stem.
Faience models of food were occasionally made for Middle Kingdom tombs, in a continuance of the tradition of terracotta offering trays and probably in combination with actual food offerings.
Egypt, Middle Kingdom, probably 12 or 13th Dynasty, c. 1938-1640 BC
2.9 x 2 cms
Ex. collection: Alfred Theodore Arber-Cooke (c.1905-1993), thence by family descent; collection acquired from the 1930s to the 1970s. Arber-Cooke was a keen amateur antiquarian and author of two books on British archaeology.
For similar examples now in the Musee de Louvre, Paris, please see: Friedman, Gifts of the Nile – Ancient Egyptian Faience, catalogue number 149.