Hu Bowl

Hu Bowl

The Hu Bowl is a pottery bowl which contains a Letter the Dead on it found in Tomb Y84 at Hu dating to the First Intermediate Period, discovered by Petrie's assistant Arthur Mace during excavations in 1898-99, now housed in the Petrie Museum.[1]

The letter is from a woman to her brother 'The Sole Friend Nefersefki'.[1]

It reads:

Full attention! It is profitable to pay attention to the person whom you have favored on account of what is very wrongfully done to my daughter. I did nothing against him. I have not consumed his property. He has not given anything to my daughter. One makes funerary offerings to a spirit in return for interceding on behalf of the survivor. Settle then your account with him who does what is painful to me, for I shall triumph any dead man or woman who is acting against m daughter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rosalind, M. and Janssen, J.J. (1996) Getting Old in Ancient Egypt London: Rubicon Press.
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