Bottle in the Form of a Mother and Child
"Mother-and-child" bottles were made throughout the Eighteenth Dynasty. Their function is far from certain. One possible explanation is that they contained the milk of mothers who had recently delivered a male child. Medical texts frequently mention such milk as an effective remedy for a variety of ailments.
- Medium: Steatite, glazed
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 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: 61.9
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bottle in the Form of a Mother and Child, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Steatite, glazed, 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.9. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (81%)