Vase and lid

Foundation deposit, stone vessel

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 25.3.44a,b



Dimensions Height 13.3cm

Material(s) calcite

Calcite vase with lid. Vase has flat base, ledged rim, cylindrical body and concave neck. Traces of ointment are visible inside. On the lid  and on the vase there are inscriptions in incised hieroglyphs, originally filled with blue paint. On the lid there are 3 horizontal lines:

Living Good Goddess Maat-ka-Ra, she made her building as her father's, Amun, during stretching the cord in Amun of Djeser-djeseru, what she does being endowed with life like Ra for eternity (1.ʿnḫ nṯr.t nfr(.t) Mȝʿt-kȝ-Rʿ jr.n.s m mnw. 2. s n (j)t.s Jmn ḫt.f pḏ-šs ḥr Jmn 3. Ḏsr-ḏsrw m pr jr.s ʿnḫ.tj mj Rʿ ḏ.t).

On the vase body text is arranged in two columns topped with pt-sign:

Good Goddes Maat-ka-Ra, may she live, beloved of Amun-Ra, Lord of the Throne of Two Lands (1. nṯr.t nfr(.t) Mȝʿ.t-kȝ-Rʿ ʿnḫ.tj 2. mrjj.t Jmn-Rʿ nb nst(sic!) tȝ.wj)


Katarzyna Kapiec


Excavated by the H.E. Winlock (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari in 1923-1924. Gained by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1925 in the division of finds (Rogers Fund).