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.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
2 13/16 x Greatest diam. 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Serpentine kohl jar.
Condition: Small nicks and scratches.
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