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Jar from Djoser’s Pyramid Complex

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
  • Place Excavated: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2675–2625 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 3
    PERIOD Early Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 24 5/8 x 8 13/16 in. (62.5 x diam. 22.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large Egyptian alabaster (calcite) vase of cylindrical form with slightly flaring rim. The vase is undecorated and is of a well-known form of Early Dynastic stone vases. Undecorated. The rim flares slightly. Condition: Rim has one large chip, otherwise perfect.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Jar from Djoser’s Pyramid Complex, ca. 2675–2625 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 24 5/8 x 8 13/16 in. (62.5 x diam. 22.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.976. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 34.976_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 34.976_PS9.jpg., 2019
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