Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Flows

Ramses III KV 11

Tomb of Ramses III (KV 11)

NOTE: This variable is connected with libation offerings, particularly those offerings that show the king pouring a liquid out before the god.  The database tracks a wide variety of aspects related to these complex actions, including whether the vessel is tilted or not, if there is flowing liquid, and what the liquid is pouring onto (the floor, a libation stand, over the offerings, etc.).  The number of flows from a vessel is also recorded–in this example there is a double flow–as well as where the flow is emerging from.  In this case, the flow comes from the spout of the vessel, but they also emerge from the top of some vessel types.

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