From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Serpentine, gold leaf
H. 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in); diam. 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in)
lid: diam. 8.7 cm (3 7/16 in); th. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
Fletcher Fund, 1921
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 similar 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."
For a jar of similar shape from the same tomb group, see 26.8.1a, b.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1921.