Fragement from a jar with a label identifying contents as honey
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- reign of Amenhotep III
- ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, MMA excavations, 1916–17
- Pottery, ink
- H. 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in); w. 15.3 (6 in); th. 0.7 cm (1/4 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1917
- Accession Number:
These pottery fragmens are from the shoulder of a large storage jar. The two well preserved lines of text are in hieratic script, the cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing which was always written from right to left. At the beginning of the second line is a sign representing a bee. This sign was used to write the word "honey" and identifies the contents of the jar.
Besides its use as a sweetener, honey was valued for its therapeutic effect when applied to wounds. Prescriptions for the use of honey are found in ancient medical texts written on papyrus.