Cypriote ring based juglet, Pottery, black ware

Cypriote ring based juglet

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
ca. 1500–1400 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb CC 37, Chamber B, Burial 78, Carnarvon/Carter excavations
Pottery, black ware
H. 13.7 (5 3/8 in); diam. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Containers such as these (12.181.263, 12.181.264) were first imported into Egypt in the early Eighteenth Dynasty and are often found in modest burials. The shape of some of them, such as the one here with the longer neck, seems to be modeled after the inverted seedpod of the poppy (Papaver somniferum), cut to release its sap. This suggests that the jars once held opium, which is made from the sap. Opium is a powerful sedative that can be used not only as a painkiller but also in the treatment of diar-rhea, dysentery, fever, and similar complaints.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter before 1911. Retained by the Egyptian Antiquities Service (SAE) in the division of finds. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of art by the Egyptian Government, 1912.

Carnarvon, 5th Earl of and Howard Carter 1912. Five Years' Explorations at Thebes. p. 85.

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, 209, fig. 123.