Vase in the Shape of a Mother Monkey with Her Young
reign of Pepi I
ca. 2289–2255 B.C.
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint
h. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in)
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Fletcher Fund, and Lila Acheson Wallace, Russell and Judy Carson, William Kelly Simpson, and Vaughn Foundation Gifts, in honor of Henry George Fischer, 1992
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
This mother monkey holds her baby clinging tightly to her chest. The inscription reads "Ny-Khaswt-Meryre [female] tenant landholder"[of the pyramid endowment of Pepy I] and "first occurrence of the jubilee".
Inscriptions on this and similar vases (e.g., 30.8.134) suggest that the vessels were given by Sixth Dynasty kings to favored courtiers, particularly women, at the time of the king's jubilee.
Purchased from Galerie Nefer, Zurich, 1992. Published in BMMA Fall 1993 and subsequently, continuously exhibited.
Fay, Biri 1998. "Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, p. 25, fig. 5.