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from Qurneh, Egypt

Postcard of Pot.
© National Museums Scotland


This ceramic pot 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 black and red pot has a large mouth and tapers at the base. It is one of six similar pots found in the burial, two preserving netting. Originally all vessels were suspended in three nets, two pots in each net, from a branch.

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: 000-180-001-483-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1909.527.41 A
Date: 2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty (around 1641 to 1539 BC)
Middle Kingdom
Dimensions: 4.00" H x 5.00" D
What: Pan
Subject: Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: One of four red and black pottery pans, two with netting: 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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