Ointment jar inscribed with the name of Pepi I
- Old Kingdom
- Dynasty 6
- reign of Pepi I
- ca. 2289–2255 B.C.
- From Egypt
- Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
- H. 15 cm (5 7/8 in); greatest diam. 13 cm (5 1/8 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1927
- Accession Number:
This ointment jar was probably valued more for its inscription than for the perfumed oil or unguents it contained. With a wide rim and flat foot, the vessel has a disk shaped lid with a circular protuberance on the inside. Such receptacles were common from the Fifth to the Eleventh Dynasty. Many similar jars bear inscriptions that mention the celebration of the royal jubilee (Sed festival) have been found, most of which date to the Sixth Dynasty. This jar bears the name of Pepi I and mentions the first celebration of his Sed festival, which seem to have taken place in the eighteenth year of his reign. Such jars were most likely given as royal gifts, underscoring the king’s preeminence, but also distinguishing the person to whom they were presented.