Apr 27, 2007
Apr 27, 2007

Cosmetic Vessel (Cylinder Beaker)

Cosmetic Vessel (Cylinder Beaker)

1980–1801 BC


Diameter of mouth: 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in.); Overall: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.813



Jars of this shape and material are common in Middle Kingdom tombs. This one, however, is inscribed with the Egyptian word merhet, which means "perfumed oil," and after thousands of years it still has traces of sweet-smelling resin.

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