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Kohl jar

Late Middle Kingdom or early second Intermediate Period
Dynasty 12, late–13
ca. 1850–1640 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, Mastaba of Senwosretankh, Surface burial 34-37, MMA excavations, 1932–33
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
h. 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in); d. 3 cm (1 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1933
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 113
This cosmetic vessel was found in a "surface burial" in the area of the mastaba tomb of Senwosretankh at Lisht South. The subsiduary burials in this area appear to date from the Late Middle Kingdom to the early Second Intermediate Period. A cylinder with the name of King Amenemhat III (33.1.52), a late Middle Kingdom scarab (33.1.51) and a Tell el-Yahudiya juglet (now in Cairo JE 60263) were discovered in some of these burials. The juglet has three zones of decoration, a type known from strata F and E3 at Tell el-Dab'a, that are generally dated to ca. 1710-1650 B. C.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 242, 244.

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