Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ewer

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 6
Date:
ca. 2323–2150 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Tomb of Tjetji, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations, 1920–21
Medium:
Copper
Dimensions:
H. 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.); Diam. 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.2.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Found in the burial chamber of Tjetji, a vizier of the late Old Kingdom, this ewer and its accompanying basin (26.2.12) may have have been used by the deceased during life for washing his hands and feet. In the tomb, they would have allowed Tjetji's spirit to cleanse itself before meeting the gods.
Excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities (SAE) at Saqqara, 1920-21. Purchased from the Egyptian Government by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 120, fig. 74.

Radwan, Ali 1983. Die Kupfer- und Bronzegefäße Ägyptens: von den Anfängen bis zum Beginn der Spätzeit, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, 2. Munich: C. H. Beck, 59, pl. 27, n. 146B.

Schorsch, Deborah 1992. "Copper Ewers of Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom Egypt―An Investigation of the Art of Smithing in Antiquity." In Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo, 48, pp. 145–59, pl. 34d.

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