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Jar from the tomb of Sennedjem

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses II
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Pottery, paint
H. 30.5 cm (12 in); w. 15 cm (5 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
One of numerous pottery vessels found in the tomb of Sennedjem and his family, this minature example imitates a large two-handled wine jar. The pendant blossoms and petal garlands draped over its shoulder are schematic versions of both real and painted floral wreaths that would have embellished the large-scale jars used for festive or ceremonial occasions. (See also 86.1.10)
Excavated by Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1885-1886 season. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government in 1886.

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