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Two Vases in the Shape of a Mother Monkey with her Young

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 6
Reign:
reign of Pepi I
Date:
ca. 2289–2255 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint, resin and pigment
Dimensions:
30.8.134: h. 18.6 cm (7 5/16 in.) 1992.338: h. 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.134+1992.338-group
  • Description

    These charming vases are carved in the shape of mother monkeys each holding a baby clinging tightly to her chest. Alluding to motherhood and fertility, and also to the exotic lands that provided rare ingredients for the rejuvenating oils and unguents stored inside, they are inscribed wtih references to the king's jubilee. It is likely that the vessels were given by Sixth Dynasty kings to favored courtiers, particularly women.
    See also 30.8.134 and 1992.338

  • Provenance

    30.8.134: Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930. 1992.338: Purchased from Galerie Nefer, Zurich, 1992. Published in BMMA Fall 1993 and subsequently, continuously exhibited. (1992.338)

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