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Jubilee Vessel of Pepi I
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Jubilee Vessel of Pepi I

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description The beautiful hieroglyphs on this vessel identify its owner and the ritual in which it was used. On the left is King Pepi I's Horus name (one of a king's five names), "Beloved of the Two Lands [Egypt]." At center is his throne name, Mery-re; below are brief, symmetrical texts reading, "given life and dominion forever." On the right is a text, "First day of the Sed-festival." If an Egyptian king reigned for thirty years, he performed a ritual of renewal, the Sed-festival, in which this vessel would have been used.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1914, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] The Horus, Mery-tawy (Beloved of the Two Lands); King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Mery-re (Beloved of Re); First occasion of the Sed-festival; Given life and dominion forever, given life and dominion forever; [Translation] Right column: "First of the Sed Festival" Middle column: "King of Upper and Lower Egypt", Mery-Ra Left column: "Horus name=Mery-tawy"; Horizontally " Given life and happiness forever" (this twice)
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1914

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ca. 2290 BCE (Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty)
alabaster (calcite) and pigment
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bottom: 5 11/16 x 4 3/16 in. (14.5 x 10.7 cm) (h. x diam.); top: 5 11/16 in. (14.4 cm) (diam.)


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