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Inscribed shoulder jar with cartouche of Thutmose III

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Crystalline travertine jar, limestone lid
H. 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in); diam. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in) lid: diam. 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in); 1.8 cm (11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1919–1920
Accession Number:
26.8.15a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
This broad-shouldered container has the flat base, shout cylindrical neck, and bery broad, flat ledge rim characteristic of the "nemset" jar, which is associated with the purification ritual and funerary rites. This example is still full of a hardened ointment. The inscription on the side reads:

"The Young God, Menkheperre, Son of Re, Thutmose Perfect of Being, given life forever."
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1919.

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