Fragment of a limestone mould

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Implements and utensils, Mould, Figurine mould
Late Period to Graeco-Roman Period
Stone/minerals (Limestone)
Width: 42mm | Height: 70mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name

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This object is part of a limestone mould for votive Osiris figure, probably dating to the Graeco-Roman Period. It has been suggested that these moulds which mainly take the form of resurrection-related figures such as benu birds, eggs and Osiris figures could symbolise rebirth through the moulding of the figure. An intact mould containing mummy material was found in the Late Period grave of the Chief Steward of the God's Wife of Amun, Nitokris II (Bietak, M and Reiser-Hauslauer 1982: 189, pl. 123). For a parallel, see Patch (1990, 84), who describes it as a gold foil mould. See also EC202.


Patch, Diana Craig 1990. Reflections of greatness: ancient Egypt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Pittsburgh: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Bietak, M and Reiser-Hauslauer, E. 1982 'Das Grab des 'Anch-hor Obermeister der Gottesgemahlin Nitokris II' p 189, pl. 123