What is irp?
A. The slight sound a screwcap makes as the seal is broken
B. A large pewter vessel for carrying wine
C. The ancient Egyptian term for wine
D. A chalk like chemical added to white wine to help in fermentation
The ancient Egyptians, held wine in high regard, reserving it for the elite. Irp was consumed by royalty and upper class citizens at various festivals during the year, and is primarily associated with the god of the afterlife, underworld and the dead, Asar or Osiris. According to the Egyptians, the life cycle of the grape vine signified renewal and gave hope for life after death.