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Hieratic Jar Label

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata, House 3 W, MMA excavations
H. 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 120
The Museum's Egyptian Expedition to Malkata (1910-1920) recovered some fourteen hundred hieratic jar labels from the palace complex of Amenhotep III. Written in black ink, the inscriptions identify the commodity inside the jar (wine, ale, fat, meat, etc.). The longer texts also provide the year, the source of the commodity, the occasion for which it was prepared, and the name and title of the official making the donation. Because these inscriptions are stereotyped, it is often possible to restore a complete label from a small fragment.

The inscription on this jar dates to year 38 in the reign of Amenhotep III. It contained fat prepared by a man named Iuamen and donated by the royal scribe Ahmose.
Museum excavations, 1916–17. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1917.

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.: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 248, 250, fig. 151.

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