Ancient Egyptian vase fragment found in Wales

17th Jan 2013

The missing piece of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian glass vase has been tracked down - to Swansea University in Wales.

The rest of the vase, thought to come from the tomb of queen Tiye - wife of Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned to 1349BC - is housed at Cairo Museum in Egypt.

The fragment, being loaned to the university's Egypt Centre by Swansea Museum, was found in the queen's tomb and was given to the museum by the family of Valley of the Kings artist Harold Jones in 1959. The vase it comes from is a white, 15-inch high decorated amphora, which was normally used to transport wine.

A team from Swansea's Egyptological Collection at the university discovered the connection.

The centre is open between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, with admission free, giving visitors a chance to see the rare glass, which displays the name of the pharaoh's grandfather Amenhotep II, who is believed to have ruled until 1401BC.

Swansea Museum curator Garethe El-Tawab said the fragment's loan to the Egypt Centre had demonstrated how partnerships could benefit international research.

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