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Vase of Pepy I

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite), pigment (Egyptian Blue)
  • Possible Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2338–2298 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 6
    PERIOD Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/8 x diam. 1 1/8 in. (5.4 x 2.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, possibly from Saqqara, Egypt; by 1852, collected in Egypt by Henry Abbott of Cairo, Egypt and New York, NY; 1859, purchased from Henry Abbott by the New-York Historical Society, New York, NY; 1937, loaned by the New-York Historical Society to the Brooklyn Museum; September 1948, purchased from the New-York Historical Society by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Vase Bearing Title and Name of King Pepi I. Inscription: Vertically written, preceded by "nsw-bity" and followed by "djet ankh." "The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, (title in cartouche), the Son of Hathor, Lady of Dendera, Pepi, who liveth [for]ever." Technique: Exterior wall-polished. Drill marks clear over bottom and sides of interior; lip not regularly formed. Condition: Unbroken. A few slight chips gone from lip. Remains of blue color in the hieroglyphs.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Vase of Pepy I, ca. 2338–2298 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), pigment (Egyptian Blue), 2 1/8 x diam. 1 1/8 in. (5.4 x 2.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.61E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.61E_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.61E_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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