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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 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 open weave net bag.

During the time of the burial, Egypt was politically divided, with Thebes as the centre of one of several Egyptian kingdoms. Qurneh was the burial place of the kings and queens of Thebes in the 17th Dynasty. This fact, together with the rich grave goods, suggests that the woman may have been a queen.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-460-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 D
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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