Hieratic Jar Label

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119

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.

Hieratic Jar Label, Pottery

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