Art/ Collection/ Art Object


New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
ca. 1550–1458 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, Pit 3, Burial B 4, Between head of coffin and wall, MMA excavations, 1915–16
Pottery (marle clay)
H. 20.3 cm (8 in.); diam. 13.5 cm (5 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
This wheel-made jug and a jar with basket handles (16.10.427) are made of marl clay, covered with a pale coating, burnished, and decorated in red and black paint. The shape of the jug and the contrast between the light-colored surface and the darker painted ladderlike designs dividing the vessel body into segments recall Cypriot White Pendant Line juglets that were imported into Egypt a generation or two earlier, at the end of the Second Intermediate Period. The Egyptian potters of early Dynasty 18 adapted both the shape and the style of red and black decoration which they also used on typically Egyptian pottery forms.
The jug was excavated by the Museum's Egyptian Expedition. It had been placed at the head end of an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin along with several other containers, several of which came to the Museum when the finds were divided with the Egyptian Antiquities Service. These include the pottery jar mentioned above, three jars of Egyptian alabaster (16.10.421, .423–.424), one of serpentine (16.10.422), three ivory combs (16.10.428–.430), a small ivory cosmetic box (16.10.425).
Museum excavations, 1915–16. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1916.

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