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Washing dishes
there are always two parts: a ewer and a bowl

first examples in pottery from Saqqara: First Dynasty, others are later
a typology of washing dishes of the Old Kingdom
first examples in copper: Second Dynasty
They appear very often on scenes of the Old and Middle Kingdom

Washing dishes are common in the offering scenes on false doors in the Old Kingdom. Often two sets are found in one tomb, and two sets are also often to be seen in the offering scenes. They are used for washing the hands probably before and after a meal (Radwan 1983: 22-23). The common occurrence in tombs and offering scenes shows their importance in rituals. Pottery washing dishes seem to copy the metal prototypes and are reserved for funerary use.


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