Item TAA ii.6.77 - Moving an ornamental vessel

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TAA ii.6.77


Moving an ornamental vessel


  • 1923 (Creation)

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1 postcard

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(23 April 1869 - 7 August 1949)

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Formerly with an online postcard dealer in the U.S.A. in August 2023.

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The Griffith Institute purchased the postcard in August 2023.

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  • Postcard
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  • The photograph was probably taken in early 1923; the postcard's production date is unknown, but it was almost certainly in the 1920s.
  • Egyptian team members transporting one of Tutankhamun's elaborate vessels (Carter 57) from the King's tomb to the nearby 'Laboratory' set up in the tomb of King Sethos II (KV15). The large vessel, carved from a single piece of Egyptian alabaster, originally contained unguent, its contents stolen by the tomb robbers who entered the tomb in antiquity. The vessel's body is flanked by openwork side pieces incorporating bound papyrus and lotus flowers, symbolising Upper and Lower Egypt and its unification, as well as representing the King's sovereignty. The vessel's body is decorated with Tutankhamun's cartouches; the incised decoration has been filled with black pigment.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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Archived scan in Griffith Institute.

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  • Acquired with TAA ii.6.72-6, 78-87 (postcards from the same series).

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