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Seal from a Jar with the Names of Amenhotep III

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Geography:
Probably from Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Malqata
Medium:
Mud, pottery, paint
Dimensions:
h. 22 cm (8 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.2.4
  • Description

    The Egyptians used large pottery jars to store wine and other foodstuffs. These storage jars were closed by placing a reed mat or a small pottery dish over the mouth and then sealing it with mud. The jars were often opened by knocking off the neck. This jar still has the neck of the jar inside. The outside of the mud sealing material was painted and stamped with an official seal. The oval inscriptions on the top read "the house of Amenhotep," probably referring to the palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata. The stamp on the side identifies the contents as a liquid called hedbet.

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Cairo from Sayed Melettam, 1936

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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