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Jar from Djoser’s Pyramid Complex

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
  • Place Excavated: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 2675–2625 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 3
    PERIOD Early Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 23 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. (58.5 x diam. 12.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large Egyptian alabaster (calcite) vase with pointed base. The vase has a pointed end and widens gradually toward the top tapering in again to the thick rim; undecorated. About 6 cm below the rim is a thin band in low relief, a detail frequently found in stonework of this period. Condition: Rim has two large chips, body is cracked. Base of vase slightly rough and shows traces of a light blue paint. It is impossible to say whether this is the remains of decoration or a deposit of some other object, but it is probably the latter.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Jar from Djoser’s Pyramid Complex, ca. 2675–2625 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 23 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. (58.5 x diam. 12.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.977. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , CUR.34.977_NegB_print_bw.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.34.977_NegB_print_bw.jpg., 2016
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