Red glazed composition depiction of a foreleg of an ox. Possibly a foundation deposit. New Kingdom, 1300-1000 B.C. 1 1/2 inches high. Repaired. Mounted. From an old New Jersey private collection, acquired in the 1960s. 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.