Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Jug in the shape of a woman's head

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Teti Pyramid Cemetery, Egyptian Antiquities Service excavations, 1926
Pottery, paint
H. 15 cm (5 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This jar is representative of a genre that was produced for about a century during the New Kingdom (ca. 1450-1350 B.C.). Their imagery and capacity suggests that they were made to hold the milk of a nursing mother. Although they may have been used in everyday life, they were also placed in tombs, where their contents, real or symbolic, were meant to aid in the deceased's daily rebirth.

For another example in the collection, see 25.7.42.
Excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service (SAE), 1926. Purchased from the Egyptian Government by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1926.

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