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ID number: ECM 202
Named collection: The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name: Jar
Object type: Funerary Vessel
Place made: Africa: Egypt, Upper Egypt
Culture: Egyptian; Upper Egyptian; New Kingdom
Date made: 1550-1295 BCE; Dynasty 18
Place collected: Africa: Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes (?)
Collector: Natural History Museum
Materials: Ceramic; Gesso; Paint; Linen; Clay
Measurements: overall: 15.2 cm x 10.2 cm x 9.5 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance: Africa: Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes (?); Natural History Museum; Eton College
Description: open mouth, long-necked vase with one handle, everted rim and small ring base, surface gessoed and painted in stone pattern similar to breccia. Rectangular panel on side wtih two columns of hieroglyphs naming the Mistress of the house, Amenemweskhet. Remains of linen cover wrapped just under rim and on top of handled secured by clay pellet.
Collector marks: On the bottom of the vase is a white label with a blue border made of 2 lines containing the number 269 written in ink. On the neck is a rectangle in white pigment containing A.51.over a line under which is the number 32. On the lower belly of the vase below the inscription is the number 10 written with pencil.
Cultural Significance: vases imitating stone, some functional and some 'dummy' vessels with no opening were made in clay and wood and placed in tombs (often high-status) during the 18th Dynasty and are thought to have contained or symbolised special liquids for funerary/afterlife rituals and deposited in sets. Mistress of the house was a title that signified a woman was administratively in charge of a household and a noble ranking title.
For the name Amenemweskhet see Ranke, Personennamen 28.2.
Comparanda: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York 30.8.211a & b -- two handled painted vase of same size with identical inscription, possibly from the same tomb and owner; also with similar linen cover and clay sealing. W. Hayes, The Sceptre of Egypt II, 1959, p. 228.
Inscriptions / Translations: The Osiris, Mistress of the House, Amenemweskhet
Notes: place of collection and dating based on comparable objects
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