Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Fragment of an Inscribed Vessel

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18-19
ca. 1439–1430 or 1239–1230 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Workmen's Huts near KV 55 (site 18) or Between K, Davis/Ayrton excavations, 1907–08
Pottery, ink
l. 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in); w. 6.2 cm (2 7/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Storage jars and amphorae often bore inscriptions identifying their contents and the place delivering the provision. Of the inscription written on this vessel, only the words 'regnal year 40' remain, but they are enough to date the piece to the reign of Ramesses II or Thutmose III, the only two kings of the New Kingdom to reign for fourty years and more.
Excavated in the Valley of the Kings by Theodore M. Davis; acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Donated to the Museum by Davis, 1909.

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