Offering cups, such as this beautiful example, have been recovered across Egypt from the New Kingdom onwards, and contained various sacred perfumed oils that were used during both funeral and daily rites. They were often glazed and inscribed with hieroglyphs describing their contents. This little cup would have been a part of an offering tray where it would have been set on a base with similar vessels with various sacred unguents.
Egyptian Faience Offering Cup
An Ancient Egyptian offering cup made of pale faience, with traces of the original glazing still visible. The cup comes with its original lid and it is shaped like a chalice on a wide flaring foot and a shallow inner cavity.
Period: New Kingdom-Ptolemaic Period
Condition: Extremely fine condition, some loss of the original glaze.