From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Tomb of Tjetji, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations, 1920–21
H. 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1926
Not on view
This ewer was from a set that also included a basin (see 26.2.13), and would have been used for hand washing. Since all excavated examples, including this one, come from tombs, it is likely that their primary purpose was for ritual purification. Illustrations of two such sets can be seen in the Tomb of Perneb (13.183.3), in a relief representing the funerary meal.
Excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service, Saqqara, 1920-1921. Acquired from the Government of Egypt by the Museum, 1926.
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