Sealing from a Jar with the Name of a king Amenhotep

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

The Egyptians used large pottery jars to store wine and other foodstuffs. These storage jars were closed by placing a reed mat, a cloth, or a small pottery dish over the mouth of the jar and then sealing it with mud. The jars were often opened by knocking off the neck. This sealing still has the neck of the jar inside. The outside of the mud sealing material was painted and stamped with an official seal. The oval inscriptions on the top read "the house of Amenhotep," probably referring to the palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata. The stamp on the side identifies the contents as a liquid called hedbet.

Sealing from a Jar with the Name of a king Amenhotep, Mud, pottery, paint

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