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Tall Jar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Most ancient Egyptians could not read. Potters and stone carvers therefore designed specific vessel shapes for specific contents so everyone would know what they contained. Jars of this shape, for example, always held soothing aromatic ointments.
MEDIUM Serpentine
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 13/16 x Greatest diam. 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.95E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Serpentine kohl jar. Condition: Small nicks and scratches.
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