Model of a Kitchen

55.82.7

On display

A wooden kitchen model depicting the three basic food-production activities: baking, brewing and butchering. Irregular rectangular base supporting four standing figures and one sitting before an oven. In ancient Egypt most people ate bread and drank beer every day but beef was expensive. Rich Egyptians could afford to eat meat regularly, but most people only enjoyed it on special occasions. Khnumn-nakht included this model of a kitchen in his tomb so that the small servant figures would bake bread, brew beer and prepare meat for him in the Afterlife. Excavated in the cemetery below the Middle Kingdom rock-cut tombs at Beni Hasan by Professor John Garstang for the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology, 1904-1906; the rock-cut shaft tomb of Khnumn-nakht and his family (tomb no. 585). The object was on loan to the museum from the University of Liverpool 1936 - 2000.