Dummy Jar Inscribed for Sennefer and Senetnay

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

This jar is a model made of solid stone that was intended as a piece of burial equipment. The inscription names the Royal Nurse Senetnay who lived into the reign of her nursling, Amenhotep II. As wet-nurse of a king, she was granted burial in the royal cemetery now called the Valley of the Kings. The tomb originally intended for Senetnay is unknown, but some of her funerary equipment, including this jar and several others in the collection, was discovered in an unused royal tomb, KV 42, in 1900. Burial equipment inscribed for other non-royal individuals was also found in KV 42 and it is likely that the contents of a number of robbed tombs had been reburied here for safe-keeping in ancient times.

For more information on the contents of KV 42, see the Curatorial Interpretation below.

Dummy Jar Inscribed for Sennefer and Senetnay, Limestone

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