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Model Situla

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These model situlae are decorated in relief with various gods. The one on the left (EC624) includes Amun-Min.    

Full size situlae were ceremonial vessels used in temples’ funerary rituals from the New Kingdom. They were used for libations of life-giving water or of milk. Their shape evoked the lotus-flower whose fragrance was thought to have given vitality to the sun-god at the dawn of the world. The scenes chosen to decorate them depict mythical and religious events to aid their ritual function of creation and regeneration.  

Votive situla such as these were found in large numbers in the temple courtyard of the sacred animal necropolis at Saqqara suggesting that they were given by pilgrims.  

The example on the left most clearly shows the scenes, the one on the right is not so well preserved. The left one has on its top register, the sacred sun barque containing sun disk. It is pulled by two jackals. Behind in are four baboons with their hands raised in adoration. 

Below this the deceased can be seen standing with one hand raised. In front of him are four deities, the first three of whom carry was sceptres. The first deity is Isis and behind her Nephthys. Then comes Horus and finally Amun-Min. Amun-Min holds a flail.   

The bottom register is in the shape of a lotus flower, a symbol of rebirth. There is a small knob at the base of the piece. 

These two model situlae are made from copper alloy but in the upstairs gallery we have model faience situlae on display including EC736

More information on EC624 and EC624

Further Reading

Ben-Tor, D. 1997. The Immortals of Ancient Egypt: From the Abraham Guterman Collection of Ancient Egyptian Art,Jerusalem: the Israel Museum, 88 – 89. 

Green, C.I. 1987. The Temple Furniture from the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara 1964-1976, London: The Egypt Exploration Society.

 

 

 

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