Bread card



Currently not on display


Four fragments of barley bread from an Egyptian tomb. Dimensions are for the largest piece which is roughly a flat round shaped cake. The surface is pitted with hundreds of holes and lots of loss around the edges. In Joseph Mayer's 1852 catalogue it notes the food and fruit in case 7 were "taken from the tombs at Thebes", and so is most likely part of an offering left in a tomb as a food for the spirit of the deceased. From the Sams collection (page 31 no. 112 and page 32 no. 114). In 1878 a "good deal" of this "large quantity of fragments of bread and cakes from an Egyptian tomb" was sold as duplicate by Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Old insect infestation? or highly vesicular, very friable, surface dirt.