Funerary Vessel of the Wab-Priest of Amon, Nefer-her, Painted to Imitate Stone. Egypt, from Thebes. New Kingdom, mid-Dynasty 18 to early Dynasty 19, circa 1479–1279 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 8 1/4 in. (21 cm) high x 4 17/16 in. (11.2 cm) diameter. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.343E
The Egyptians made both stone and terracotta vessels from earliest times. Stone vessels were more difficult to make and lasted longer than clay ones. Though Nefer-her apparently could not afford a stone vessel, he commissioned an artist to paint this jar to imitate granite.