Pomegranate Fruit



One of four preserved pomegranate fruits (Punica granatum). 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. Joseph Mayer acquired the pomegranates from Joseph Sams, and then displayed the four of them on a pottery dish (M11114).