Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Two Handled Jar and Lid decorated with a Resting Calf

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
Reign of Amenhotep III probably
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Limestone, paint
Height: 30.6 cm (12 1/16 in.); Jar: H. 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.); W. 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.); Llid: H. 7.6 cm (3 in.); Diam. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.2.32a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
A set of lidded jars in the collection (22.2.30a, b–22.2.33a, b) is unusual for the decoration of each lid. These include a resting calf (this jar), the head of the god Bes (22.2.30a, b), the head of an ox (22.2.31a, b), and a frog (22.2.33a, b). The only parallel group was discovered in the tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu, the parents of Queen Tiye, principal wife of Amenhotep III. For this reason, the jars are tentatively dated to this king's reign.
Purchased from Sayed Melettam in Luxor, 1922.

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