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Ointment Jar

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
reign of Amenemhat I
Date:
ca. 1981–1952 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht North, Pyramid Temple of Amenemhat I, Foundation deposit in the axis of the temple, MMA excavations, 1908–09
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.200.15b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 108
This small ointment jar was part of a foundation deposit comprising 25 vessels of pottery and Egyptian alabaster, 1 stone burnisher of Egyptian alabaster, and 10 rough grinders of sandstone. The deposit was discovered in a pit along the axis of the pyramid temple of Amenemhat I at Lisht North, where it had been buried during rituals performed by the king to mark the beginning of the temple's construction.

See also 08.200.15a, 08.200.15c, 08.200.bb, 08.200dd, 08.200.15ff, and 08.200.15jj.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art amd acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1908.

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. 175.

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