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Sealed Jar from the Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
Pottery, whitewash, mud
H. 64 cm (25 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
This storage jar is from a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that was made for the parents of Queen Tiye, the principal the wife of Amenhotep III and grandmother of Tutankhamun. The wide opening of the jar was probably closed with a small dish or a circular rush mat that was then covered with a thick layer of mud. This mud covering was then stamped repeatedly with a small oval seal. The seal impressions are imperfect, but it is possible to make out elements of the official seal of the Theban necropolis: a recumbant jackal with nine captives below.
For other objects from this tomb, see 10.184.1a, b and 30.8.56–64.
Theodore M. Davis Excavations, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Theodore M. Davis Collection, acquired by the Museum through bequest, 1915.

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