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Water Bottle from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Tutankhamun
Date:
ca. 1336–1327 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 54), Embalming cache of Tutankhamun, Davis/Ayrton 1907
Medium:
Pottery, hematite wash, burnished, pigment
Dimensions:
H. 37 x Diam. 15 cm (14 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Diam. of mouth 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
Accession Number:
09.184.83
  • Description

    This slender, elegant bottle, with its flaring rim in the form of an open papyrus umbel, was among the cache of objects discovered in a pit (KV 54) in the valley of the Kings in 1907. The objects are associated with the funeral of Tutankhamun, whose tomb was discovered some fifteen years later about 100 meters away. The decoration around the neck imitates floral collars made of leaves, petals, flower buds, and berries that were worn by banquet guests and draped around vessels used at banquets. Several such collars were also found in the cache (see 09.184.214). This bottle may have been used in the purification ritual at Tutankhamun's burial or to serve a spiced beverage at his funeral banquet.
    Other objects from Tutankhamun's funeral cache are displayed in gallery 122.

  • Provenance

    Excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings (KV 54), 1907. Received by Davis in the division of finds. Given by Davis to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909.

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