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Ointment Jar

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Amenemhat I
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, Foundation deposit in the axis of the temple, MMA excavations, 1908–09
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 108
This small ointment jar was part of a foundation deposit comprising 25 vessels of pottery and Egyptian alabaster, 1 stone burnisher of Egyptian alabaster, and 10 rough grinders of sandstone. The deposit was discovered in a pit along the axis of the pyramid temple of Amenemhat I at Lisht North, where it had been buried during rituals performed by the king to mark the beginning of the temple's construction.

See also 08.200.15a, 08.200.15c,, 08.200dd, 08.200.15ff, and 08.200.15jj.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art amd acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1908.

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