Vase and lid
Foundation deposit, stone vessel
Dimensions Height 11.8cm
Calcite vase with lid with flat base, ledged rim, cylindrical body and concave neck. Traces of ointment are visible inside. On the lid and on the vase body there are inscriptions in incised hieroglyphs, originally filled with blue paint. On the lid text is arranged in 2 columns:
"Good Goddess Maat-ka-Ra, may she live, beloved of Amun, Chief of the Two Lands (1.nṯr.t nfr(.t) Mȝʿt-kȝ-Rʿ ʿnḫ.tj 2. mrjj.t Jmn ḥr.j-tp tȝ.wj)".
On the vase body text is seemingly arranged in 2 columns and topped with pt-sign:
"Good Goddess, Lady of the Two Lands, Maat-ka-Ra, may she live, beloved of Amun of Djeser-djeseru (1.nṯr.t nfr(.t) nb.t tȝ.wj Mȝʿt-kʿ-Rʿ ʿnḫ.tj 2. mrjj.t Jmn m Ḏsr-ḏsrw)".
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).
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