Detached lid from Egyptian woven fibre basket. The basket base (part 1a) is detached (to be assessed for possible reattachement). The basket contains fruit (kernels) and nuts which were used as offerings. Lid is made from woven dom palm (Hyphaena thebaica) or date palm (Pheonix dactylifera) leaves and water reeds.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
1550 BCE-1069 BCE
Complete basket L100mm x W140 mm x D130mm
Lid L142mm x W350mm x D15mm
Woven dom palm (Hyphaena thebaica) or date palm (Pheonix dactylifera) leaves and water reeds
History and use
Baskets, such as this, were used to hold a variety of things, particularly food or household effects. This basket was collected from a tomb in Thebes, and held fruits of desert date (Balanites aegyptica), large legume-like pods possibly of Fabaceae/Mimosaceae, and palm fruits (Arecaceae). This basket may have been included in the tomb as a snack for the tomb owner in the afterlife, or made as an offering to the gods. Other baskets found in tombs held other food items, such as irregularly shaped pieces of bread.