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Donkey with packs on its back

Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty 13–18
ca. 1991–1450 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut Temenos area, inside pot 12.181.272a, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1906–11
Clay, twigs
Donkey: L. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in) Packs: L. 1.8–3.9 cm (11/16–1 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This little donkey is made of unfired clay. Four twigs have been stuck into its back to hold what are probably intended to represent sacks of grain. The donkey and sacks were found inside a pot (12.181.272a) that was discovered during excavations conducted by Howard Carter in the area of Hatshepsut's temple.
Excavated in the area of the temenos wall of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon before 1911. Retained by the Antiquities Service in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from the Egyptian Government, 1912.

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