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Libation jar

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 6–8
Date:
ca. 2345–2160 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Dimensions:
38 cm (14 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1926
Accession Number:
26.9.14
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
In the latter part of the Old Kingdom artisans crafted tall, slender stone vases modelled after pottery and metal prototypes. The broad shouldered vase tapering to a narrow foot is in the form of the traditional hes-vase form from which libations were poured during temple and funerary rituals.
Purchaed by the Museum from Nicolas Tano, 1926.

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