Fragmentary Body of Cup
When its stem and blue glaze were complete, this vessel would have resembled more closely the blue lotus (Nymphaea cerulia), a symbol of creation, re-creation, birth, and rebirth, presumably because its flowers rise from the water to open each morning. The swamp scene may reflect ideas of the primordial landscape of creation, and some of its elements appear to hark back to the art of much earlier times.
- Medium: Faience, glazed
- Possible Place Collected: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1070 B.C.E. - 718 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXI Dynasty - XXII Dynasty (probably)
- Period: Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
- Dimensions: Height: 3 7/8 in. (9.9 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: 49.133
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Fragmentary Body of Cup, ca. 1070 B.C.E. - 718 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, Height: 3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.133. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Fragmentary body of green glazed cup of chalice type. At base of cup, in relief, petals and leaves of lotus. On major portion of body, in relief, swamp scene; man with Hathor(?) cow, man with lasso and birds in flight. Conventionalized border at top and bottom of scene. Interior of cup plain. Condition: Base missing. Body assembled from many pieces with small section missing near base. Large section of upper portion missing.
- Record Completeness: Good (69%)