During the reign of Amunhotep III, light blue was the most popular color in the artist's palette; it may have been the King's favorite color. Craftsmen frequently decorated pots with cobalt blue paint. Some of the most complex examples depict marsh scenes, evoking the papyrus swamp from which the Egyptians believed the Creator god emerged at the so-called First Moment. Blue-painted ware has been found in houses, tombs, and temples.
Terracotta vase, tear-drop shape, rounded base. Exterior decorated with series of registers of monochrome blue and lotus petals. Main registers in pale blue, black and red representing swamp scene, two girls in reed boats, one poling boat, the other gathers lotus flowers. Birds and jumping bulls as filler. Condition: Slight chip in rim. A few worn patches on painting, particularly on boat with kneeling girl.