Cosmetic jar with lid, Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Cosmetic jar with lid

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Amenemhat IV
ca. 1814–1805 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, pit tomb CC 25, debris, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1910
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
H. 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.); Diam. 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1440a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
26.7.1439–.1442 are ointment jars that were found scattered at the bottom of a tomb shaft at Thebes. Nearby was a box belonging to a man named Kemeni (26.7.1438). Kemeni's box has a drawer with spaces for eight small ointment jars, so it is assumed that the box and jars go together.
Excavated by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, 1910; acquired by Lord Carnarvon in the division of finds. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. p. 56, pl. LII.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 244, 245.

Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Box with Vessels and Mirror." In Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom, edited by Adela Oppenheim, Dorothea Arnold, Dieter Arnold, and Kei Yamamoto. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 141–42, no. 75B.