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from royal burial at Qurneh, Egypt

Postcard of Alabaster jar.
© National Museums Scotland

Alabaster jar

This small alabaster jar is among the grave goods from the grave of a 17th Dynasty queen and her child at Qurneh in Egypt. It was found inside the queen's coffin, resting on the end of a headrest.

The jar is made from a single block of alabaster, with a bulbous belly, constricted neck and flaring rim. It has a flat lid. There are remains of woven fabric attached to the lid and the upper part of the jar, to stop the contents from spilling out.

This grave, from the burial place of the kings and queens of Thebes, is remarkable as it dates from a time when Egypt was politically divided and relatively poor. The queen and her child have been lavishly equipped for the Afterlife.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-775-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1909.527.2 A
Date: 17th Dynasty
17th Dynasty
Around 1641 to 1539 BC (2nd Intermediate Period: 17th Dynasty)
Dimensions: 4.00" H x 4.00" D
What: Lid / vase
Subject: Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Vessels / Middle Kingdom
Who: Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Professor W.M. Flinders Petrie (Excavator)
Where: Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt
Description: Alabaster vase: Ancient Egyptian, 17th Dynasty
Lid for an alabaster vase: 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 
  • Qurneh / by W.M. Flinders Petrie. London, B.S.A.E. & B. Quaritch, 1909, 6 - 10 
  • Sheridan, J A (ed). Heaven and Hell and Other Worlds of the Dead. Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland, 2000. 
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