New Kingdom terracotta mold with a royal cartouche. 18h-20th Dynasty, 1558-1085 B.C.
1 3/4 inches. Ex. Alex Malloy, South Salem, NY., 1970s. The Khepesh was the most important meat offering that the ancient Egyptians presented to the gods and the deceased. The hieroglyphic for a bull's foreleg denoted strength, and perhaps it was considered that the foreleg transferred the life-force of the bull to the recipient. The Khepesh also played a role in a ceremony called the Opening of the Mouth, which was believed to instill life into a person's mummy or a just completed temple in a foundation deposit.