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Carinated Stone Jar with Rope Pattern

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, early
Date:
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial D 1, Beside or on inner coffin, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 16.7 cm (6 9/16 in); diam. 18.7 cm (7 3/8 in)
Diam. of lid 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.10.451a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This limestone vessel with its baggy shape and sharp carination of the lower body is a traditional Egyptian shape called the deshret-jar. The form is common in pottery found in burials from the Old Kingdom onward. A raised band with carved diagonal lines imitating a twisted cord decorates the base of the neck. The vessel was deposited in the lowest chamber of a pit tomb cut into the forecourt of a reused Middle Kingdom tomb and belonged to the burial of a man named Nakht. The tomb was covered over during the construction of the causeway of Hatshepsut's mortuary temple sometime after year 7 of her reign
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 67, fig. 35.

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