Ointment Jar of Sithathoryunet

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111

Used by both men and women, cosmetics were an important part of ancient Egyptian beautification and the hoped-for rejuvenation of the dead. This vessel likely contained a salve or ointment for the skin. Although vessels of this shape were common during the Middle Kingdom, the use of obsidian rimmed with gold identifies them as royal possessions. They were apparently originally housed in a small box.

Ointment Jar of Sithathoryunet, Obsidian, gold

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