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Ritual Vase

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Special vessels were used to hold ritually purified water. Called hes-vases (from the Egyptian word meaning “favored”), these containers were frequently left as tomb offerings so the deceased could drink the water and thus maintain a pure state throughout eternity. The potter who made this example applied a thin slip to imitate banded alabaster.
MEDIUM Clay
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (27.2 x 7 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.318E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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