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Bulletin de l’Institut français d’archéologie orientale 101
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Les figurines en terre cuite de la ville de ‘Ayn Asil.
A thousand terracottas were found during excavations at Ayn Asil between 1985 and 2000. Coming from the Governor’s palace dated from the reign of Pepy II, most of them represent animals but a series of pieces comprise persons (head of man, bust, woman perhaps pregnant). The number of pieces and the well known context allow us to propose an explanation for their function. If some terracottas certainly had a utilitarian role (vessel?), some of them were found with offerings. These seem to confirm that some sectors of the palace played a particular role and that some cults near Medou-nefer’s sanctuary continued even when this sanctuary was buried.
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