From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Cemetery V, Tomb V21, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1904
H. 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.); Diam. 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1904
Not on view
The piece is part of a group of objects found in tomb V21 at Abydos with two bodies (04.18.1–04.18.49). The ointment jars 04.18.47a, b and .48a, b in the group can be dated by comparison with similar jars found at Dahshur and with the box 26.7.1438 (26.7.1439a, b-.1441a, b, .1442) inscribed with the name of Amenemhat IV (ca. 1814-1805 B. C.).
Excavated at Abydos in 1904 by C. T. Currelly on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Donated by the EEF to the Metropolitan Museum in 1904.
Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 28.
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: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 242.
Roehrig, Catharine H. 2015. "Three Cosmetic Vessels." 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. 246–47, no. 184.