Early Dynasty 18 potters produced vessels with applied clay in the shape of a woman's head, arms, and breasts.
The Ebers Medical Papyrus, a list of remedies and prescriptions composed in the first years of the dynasty, describes the curative powers of breast milk from a woman who has given birth to a male child. According to the papyrus, a person in pain should store this milk in a jar until cream appears and then apply this cream to "all the sick places." A "milk vase" such as the example here may have contained this magic liquid.
- Medium: Pottery
- Place Excavated: Sawama, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 13 11/16 x 3 3/4 in. (34.8 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.642
- Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Milk Vase, ca. 1539-1478 B.C.E. Pottery, 13 11/16 x 3 3/4 in. (34.8 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.642. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Large whitish-buff color pottery jar with pointed base and high cylindrical neck with heavy rim. Female head, arms and breasts in high relief on neck.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)