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from Qurneh, Egypt

Postcard of Pot.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic pot in a knotted string bag is one of eight found slung on a long stick. It is among a number of grave goods placed in the rich burial of a woman and child at Qurneh in Egypt, sometime in the 17th Dynasty. The woman may have been a queen.

The long, burnished red pot has an out-turned rim and short neck, flaring gradually into a bag-shaped body with a slightly pointed base. It is held in a fragmentary knotted string bag. Such good preservation of string bags is rare. Here the detailed knotwork can be studied.

In ancient Egypt, the dead were often buried with a variety of goods that symbolised important aspects of funerary belief. This burial is exceptionally wealthy in food offerings, jewellery and furniture, all the more remarkable since it dates from the 17th Dynasty, a period when Egypt was politically divided and relatively impoverished.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-457-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 A
Date: 17th Dynasty
2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty (around 1641 to 1539 BC)
What: Pottery vessel
Subject: Tools / miscellaneous
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: One of eight pottery vessels suspended from a stick: Ancient Egyptian, 17th Dynasty
  • 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 
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