Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Blue-Painted Ibex Amphora from Malqata

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, Atitu's (rubbish) hole, MMA excavations, 1910–11
pottery, white cream slip, paint
H. 39.5 cm (15 9/16 in); diam. 21 cm (8 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 120
This remarkable vase was found during the Museum's excavations of the palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata in western Thebes. The head of the ibex had broken off, but was found nearby. Like much of the pottery at Malqata, this amphora was made of a red clay covered with a cream colored slip and decorated with blue, red, and black paint.

For more blue-painted ware from this site, see 11.215.461–.469, .471–.473, .477, .489.
Museum excavations, 1910–11. Acquired by the Museum in the Division of Finds, 1911.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 249, fig. 150.

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