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Ointment jar

Middle Kingdom
late Dynasty 12–early 13
ca. 1850–1775 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Abydos, Cemetery V, Tomb V21, Egypt Exploration Fund excavations, 1904
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
H. 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.18.47a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 113
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
Excavated at Abydos in 1904 by C. T. Currelly on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund. Acquired by the EEF in the division of finds. Given by the EEF to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations, 1904.

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.

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