Painted vessel of Mahu. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, ca. 1550 – 1290 B. C.

Painted wood
H. 25,5 cm; dm. of the body 11 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev,provenance: Thebes
I.1.a 1305
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This is a so-called "false vessel" or imitation. It is carved from a solid piece of wood and has no hollow or
removable lid. An inscription on the body of the vessel contains the name of the deceased: "Osiris
Makhu, the speaker of truth". Osiris is the god of the afterworld that the deceased associated himself with
in his desire to resurrect. "The speaker of truth" is a traditional formula that in Egyptology is connected
with the Judgment of Osiris at which the dead wanted to be absolved.

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