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A study and a catalog of the material delivered by tombs uncovered eight pyramidal complexes of queens uncovered by the French-Swiss archaelogical Mission of Saqqâra (MafS).
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by Archaeology Newsroom

La vaisselle en pierre des reines de Pépy Ier

Anne Minault-Gout

Anne Minault-Gout, La vaisselle en pierre des reines de Pépy Ier, Institut français d’archéologie Orientale (Mémoires publiés par les membres de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale, 141), 2019, 352 p. ISBN 9782724707267.

In the cemetery of the family of King Pepy I of the 6th Dynasty (c. 2330-2280), the French-Swiss archaelogical Mission of Saqqâra (MafS) has uncovered eight pyramidal complexes of queens from the end of the Old Kingdom. This publication presents a study and a catalog of some of the material delivered by these tombs, including stone vessels – usually fragmentary and sometimes inscribed, such as that of the queen mother Ankhnespepy II –, series of models – dummy vases with symbolic function –, containers for food offerings, as well as other items of funeral equipment. The stones encountered are mainly calcite (or travertine, or Egyptian alabaster), gneiss, greywacke, limestone.

A wide variety of shapes appears, including large inscribed jars, refined cups, shapes well attested in the 6th dynasty and vases much older than the 6th dynasty. The models reveal a permanence of the shapes compared to those of the previous periods, and it is in the material of the queens of Pepy I that the cases of food offerings of real size, some in calcite, appear for the first time in a royal equipment.