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Wine or beer jar

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 6–8
ca. 2323–2100 BC
From Egypt; Said to be from Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint
h. 17 cm (6 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Anonymous Gift, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
In the latter part of the Old Kingdom artisans crafted tall, slender stone vases modelled after pottery and metal prototypes. The slender, pointed base jars with wide, upstanding, collared rims were first made at this time and continue into the First Intermediate Period.
Purchased in Egypt and donated to the Museum, 1931

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 118.

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