The piece is part of a group of objects found in tomb v21 at Abydos with two bodies (04.18.1–04.18.49). This ointment jar can be dated by comparison with similar jars found at Dahshur (see de Morgan 1895, pl. 250) and with the box 26.7.1438 (26.7.1439a, b-.1441a, b, .1442) inscribed with the name of Amenemhat IV (ca. 1814-1805 B. C.).
Dorothea Arnold 2012