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Toilet Dish

Period:
Second Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Second Intermediate Period
Date:
ca. 1700–1550 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Anhydrite
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.176.47
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 106
According to an analysis this small flask once contained a conifer resin, possibly pine, larch or fir resin imported into Egypt from the Levant. Such resins were used as parts of scented ointments for the daily toilet or during rituals. On the assumption that the group of anhydrite vessels (10.176.46-.53 and 11.150.29 and 12.182.76a, b) said to be from Girga actually belonged together originally a late Second Intermediate Period date can be deduced for all of them from the presence of a number of vessels in the shape of trussed ducks, a type typically in used during that era (see 27.9.1).
10.176.46-.54 and 11.150.29 said to be from Girga

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 244.

Fay, Biri 1998. "Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, p. 30, fig. 21.

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