From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Homogenous travertine (Egyptian alabaster); gold leaf on edges of lip and lid
h. with lid: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in); diam. 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in)
lid: diam. 6.6 cm (2 5/8 in); th. 0.6 cm (1/4 in)
Fletcher Fund, 1920
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
In Theban tomb paintings dating to Dynasty 18, servants are sometimes shown anointing guests with perfumed oils and ointments stored in small stone jars. A set of cosmetic jars highlighted with gold foil (26.8.29a, b–26.8.39) are associated with the grave goods of three foreign wives of Hatshepsut's nephew, Thutmose III. Most of these vessels are inscribed with the king's cartouche, marking them as royal gifts.
The inscription on this jar reads: "the Good God, Menkheperre (Thutmose III), given life."
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1920.