Small pot, from royal burial

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at Qurneh, Egypt

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Small pot, from royal burial

This small pot is among the grave goods from the grave of a 17th Dynasty queen and her child at Qurneh in Egypt. Its exact original position in the grave is not known, due to ambiguity in the excavation report. It would have contained an offering.

The pot is a squat jar with a bulbous body and a flaring rim. The outer surface is red and burnished, and the pot had probably been made to contain some kind of foodstuff offering for the Afterlife.

This grave, from the burial place of the kings and queens of Thebes, is remarkable as it dates from a time when Egypt was politically divided and relatively poor. The queen and her child have been lavishly equipped for the Afterlife.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-283-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1909.527.21 J
Date: Around 1641 to 1539 BC (2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty)
Middle Kingdom
Dimensions: 3.13" H
What: Vase
Subject: Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: One of two polished red pottery vases: Ancient Egyptian, Middle Kingdom
  • Petrie, W.M. Flinders. Qurneh. London: School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1909. 
  • Qurneh / by W.M. Flinders Petrie. London, B.S.A.E. & B. Quaritch, 1909, 6 - 10 
  • Sheridan, J A (ed). Heaven and Hell and Other Worlds of the Dead. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, 2000. 
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