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 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.).
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. Donated by the EEF to the Metropolitan Museum in 1904.
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