The Egyptians used special vessels to hold ritually purified water. Called hes-vases (from the Egyptian word meaning "favored"), these containers were frequently left as tomb offerings so the deceased could drink the water and thus maintain a pure state throughout eternity. The potter who made this example applied a thin slip to imitate banded alabaster.
- Medium: Pottery, slipped
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (27.2 x 7 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: 37.318E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: HS Vase, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Pottery, slipped, 10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (27.2 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.318E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)