Pesesh-kef (Ritual Implement)
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This instrument was touched to the mummy’s mouth during the ritual called the “Opening of the Mouth.” The ritual ensured that the deceased became fully alive in the tomb and in the afterlife. This example, from Egyptian prehistory, is similar to those used for thousands of years during Egyptian funerals.
ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
Predynastic Period, Naqada III Period
3 1/2 x 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (8.9 x 0.6 x 16.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Black obsidian instrument, either a forked lance or a peseshkef – wand. Edges finely serrated. Probably a ceremonial object.
Condition: Broken and assembled from two pieces. Each side of base and top chipped. Probably ritual breakage.
This item is not on view
Pesesh-kef (Ritual Implement), ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E. Obsidian, 3 1/2 x 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (8.9 x 0.6 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1445. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 35.1445_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 35.1445_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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