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Large Ointment Jar with Lid

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt; Probably from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III (Wadi D, Tomb 1)
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
jar. h. 17.4 cm (6 7/8 in); diam. 14.4 cm (5 11/16 in) lid: diam. 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
26.8.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
This flaring beaker is a type of jar used for ointments from the time of the earliest dynasties. It appears in the decoration and offering lists of Old Kingdom tombs as early as Dynasty 3. This is one of the vessel shapes associated with the seven sacred oils and is found in specially made boxed sets such as the one from the tomb of Princess Sithathoryunet of Dynasty 12 (16.1.33a, b–16.1.44), and in foundation deposits (see 25.3.46a, b; 25.3.47a, b).
Probably from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, found during World War I. Purchased from Nicolas Tano in Cairo, 1920. Accessioned with other objects presumed to be from the same tomb, 1926. Published in Christine Lilyquist, The Tomb of Three Foreign Wives of Tuthmosis III, 2003 [cat. 48].

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