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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 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.

The woman buried at Qurneh was a slender individual between 21 and 25 years old. She has signs of tooth decay, which was less common amongst ancient Egyptians than modern peoples. The child was about two and a half years old at death.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-464-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 K
Date: 2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty (around 1641 to 1539 BC)
Middle Kingdom
What: Bowl
Subject: Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: Red earthenware bowl on a small foot: 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 
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