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Dummy Jar

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969W3639
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient Egypt
Date:1500 BC - 1000 BC


This solid piece of wood has been carved in the shape of a jar and then painted to look like alabaster. Not everyone could afford to have luxury items like stone jars carved out of alabaster in their tombs although they may have wanted them. To get round this problem some people used dummy or pretend jars like this. Through the magic of the afterlife this crude looking thing would become a real alabaster jar.

Presented by the Trustees of the Wellcome Trust, 1969.

Further Information

Production Period:New Kingdom
Place of Origin:Egypt
Place of Excavation:Egypt


Height:150 mm
Diameter:100 mm