Most ancient Egyptians could not read. Potters and stone carvers therefore designed specific vessel shapes for specific contents so everyone would know what they contained. Jars of this shape, for example, always held soothing aromatic ointments.
- Medium: Serpentine
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 2 13/16 x 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.95E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Jar, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Serpentine, 2 13/16 x 2 3/8 in. (7.1 x 6.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.95E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)