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This vessel is a flat-based mortar of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with straight sides that invert very slightly at the top to an unworked rim. Two oblong handles project from the top. The base is rather thick. It was once broken, but has been mended. For an associated object (pestle)...

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From Abydos, tomb D 115. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: October 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Height x depth: 10 x 11.6 cm (3 15/16 x 4 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Household