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from Qurneh, Egypt

Postcard of Pot.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic pot in a knotted openwork 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 squat, burnished red pot has an out-turned rim, short neck and slightly pointed base. It preserves some remains of the open weave net bag which surrounded it. The white circle is a museum label.

The rich burial was excavated in 1908 by the renowned Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie. The remains of two coffins, one for the woman and one for the child, were found in a rock-covered undecorated pit. The burial also contained a wealth of artefacts, including wooden furniture, fine quality pottery, food offerings, textiles, tools and gold jewellery.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-458-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 B
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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