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Miniature Stone Vessel

Period:
Late Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 8
Date:
ca. 2150–2100 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Zaraby (near Deir Rifa), Tomb 3, BSAE excavations 1906-1907
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Dimensions:
H. 6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.); diam. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1907
Accession Number:
07.231.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
The objects 07.231.2-.6, .15, and .16 are] a group of stone vessels and necklaces excavated from an intact grave in the provincial/regional cemetery at Zaraby near Deir Rifa. The deceased was provided with a full size ointment jar and four miniature vases. Together they insured that the tomb owner would have the means for purification as well as food and drink for eternity. The tall beaker shape is traditional shape for ointment vessels at all periods of Egyptian history. The elongated form of the miniature vessels with high collared rim begins in the late Old Kingdom and continues through the First Intermediate Period where this shape is also characteristic of the pottery of this period.
Excavated by the Egyptian Research Account and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Received the ERA and the BSAE from the Egyptian government in the division of finds. Allotted to the Museum through subscription, 1907.

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