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Ointment Jar

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
H. 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.); Diam. 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
The shape of this tall, flaring jar first appeared during the Pyramid Age, more than 1000 years before this example was made. Originally, it probably had a round, flat lid and was used to store a cosmetic oil or ointment for moisturizing the skin. The jar was excavated by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition in 1916. It had been placed near the head of a coffin along with a number of other objects that came to the Museum when the finds were divided with the Egyptian Antiquities Service. These include two other alabaster jars (16.10.421, 16.10.424), another smaller ointment jar of serpentine (16.10.422), two pottery vessels (16.10.427–.428), a small ivory cosmetic box (16.10.425), and three ivory combs (16.10.428–.430).
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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