Vase and lid
Foundation deposit, stone vessel
Dimensions Height 13.3cm
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)
HistoryExcavated 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).
- Weinstein James Morris, Foundation Deposits in Ancient Egypt, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Pennsylvania 1973, 158-159$
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- Winlock Herbert Eustis, Excavations at Deir el-Bahri 1911-1931, New York 1942, 89, pl. 42
- Serpico M, The Contents of Jars in Hatshepsut’s Foundation Deposit at Deir el-Bahri and their Significance for Trade, in: Aston David A., Bader Bettina, Gallorini Carla, Nicholson Paul, Buckingham Sarah (ed.), D. Aston, B. Bader, C. P. Nicholson, S. (Eds), Under the Potter’s Tree. Studies on Ancient Egypt Presented to Janine Bourriau on the Occasion of her 70th Birthday, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 204, Leuven, Paris, Walpole, MA 2011, 846