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.