Models like this are typically found in the burials of poorer Egyptians. Their purpose was to provide the deceased with a home for the afterlife, since it was believed that a model could act as a substitute in the next world. Offerings of bread, beer and meat represented in the courtyard were intended to ensure an everlasting supply of food and drink. Although this model cannot be regarded as an accurate representation of a real house, it does provide much useful information about ancient Egyptian homes.
about 1900 BC
Ancient Egypt, 12th Dynasty
length: 40.6 cm
width: 37 cm
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