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Ankh-shaped vessel

Blue faience jar in the shape of the ankh hieroglyph, solid hole in top; black painted line decoration in rope/cord design.


From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings, directed by Howard Carter; assigned to Theodore M. Davis by the government of Egypt; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis. (Accession Date: May 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV, 1400–1390 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Thebes (Valley of the Kings), Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bichrome faience


The Ancient World