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Inscribed shoulder jar with cartouche of Thutmose III

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Crystalline travertine jar, limestone lid
H. 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.); diam. 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); Lid: diam. 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.); 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1919–1920
Accession Number:
26.8.15a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
This broad-shouldered container has the flat base, short cylindrical neck, and very broad, flat ledge rim characteristic of the nemset jar, which is associated with purification rituals and funerary rites. This example is still full of a hardened ointment. The inscription on the side reads:

"The Young God, Menkheperre, Son of Re, Thutmose Perfect of Being, given life forever."

The lid currently with this jar was brought into the Museum with 26.8.20 (26.8.20c). Its original lid was moved to 26.8.22 and made 26.8.22b; it was later deacessioned. Jar 26.8.22a was re-acessioned as 1987.103, without the lid.
Purchased in Luxor with other objects presumed to be from western Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb 1, 1919.

Lilyquist, Christine 2003. The Tomb of Three Foreign Wives of Tuthmosis III. 2003. New York, pp. 139–41, no. 49; p. 204, fig. 123; p. 352.

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