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Seal from a Jar with the Names of Amenhotep III

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Probably from Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata
Mud, pottery, paint
h. 22 cm (8 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
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 or a small pottery dish over the mouth and then sealing it with mud. The jars were often opened by knocking off the neck. This jar 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.
Purchased in Cairo from Sayed Melettam, 1936

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