Bottle with Openwork Shell
Egyptian blue is a copper-calcium tetrasilicate that the ancient Egyptians pulverized, mixed into a paste, and used to fashion objects fired at a low temperature. Seldom were those objects as large as this vessel, a technical masterpiece made of several parts. The rim and the base are shaped like lotus flowers, symbols of birth and rebirth, and the shell is adorned with images of deities in a setting represented by architectural columns.
- Medium: Egyptian blue
- Place Made: Upper Egypt, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1070-718 B.C.E.
- Period: Third Intermediate Period
- Dimensions: 6 11/16 x greatest diam. 2 15/16 in. (17 x 7.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 44.175
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bottle with Openwork Shell, ca. 1070-718 B.C.E. Egyptian blue, 6 11/16 x greatest diam. 2 15/16 in. (17 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 44.175. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)