Small ellipsoid jar

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Fakes, forgeries, and replicas case
Object Types
Fakes and replicas, Replicas | Receptacle/vessel, Jar
Khedival Period
Nineteenth century CE/AD
Height: 93mm | Maximum diameter: 73mm | Rim diameter: 51mm | Height of maximum diameter: 73mm | Base diameter: 32mm | Vessel index: 78
Number of Elements
Divine Name

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This is a small ellipsoid jar with a direct rim and a flat base. It has been carved by hand, as seen by the marks on the interior of the jar. It is decorated with four incised figures around the upper half of the body; two cow-headed and two female-headed to represent the goddess Hathor. The rim is uneven with a 30mm section missing. There is black residue on parts of the exterior surface and it appears heavily on one figure. The number '311'? written near the base in pencil. This jar resembles so-called Hathor cases, which may have been used to contain wine or milk drunk at Hathor festivals. However, this jar was likely created at Qurna during the nineteenth century.. A similar example is known from Liverpool World Museum (Liverpool 1973.4.334). Purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.

Munsell Chart reading

5YR 5/4 reddish brown

Last modified: 19 Apr 2022

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