Ointment Flask which Has Papyrus Plants Upon It
Vessels such as this contained small amounts of oil or perfume used for cosmetic purposes. The primary decoration—papyrus plants rising from a lotus flower—may allude to the creation of the universe. According to one account of creation, the lotus was the first thing to emerge from the primordial waters of chaos at the dawn of time. The papyrus was the heraldic plant of Lower, or northern, Egypt.
- Medium: Faience, painted
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty-early XIX Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 5 5/16 in. (13.5 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: 75.52.1
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Ointment Flask which Has Papyrus Plants Upon It, ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E. Faience, painted, 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 75.52.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One pale green alabastron with papyrus painted upon it in black. The base of the vessel is decorated with an open lotus (?). Condition: Abraided and discolored; rim chipped.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)