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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Faience
  • Possible place made: Greece
  • Possible place made: Egypt
DATES 7th–6th century B.C.E.
DIMENSIONS 2 11/16 x 7 1/2 in. (6.8 x 19 cm); rim: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Peter Sharrer
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One blue-green glazed faience aryballos the rim of which is adorned with floral petals, in relief, radiating from the opening. The handle is decorated with a row of vertical bands, which may also represent petals, and a floral collar (incised) adorns the vessel's neck. Part of a similar floral "collar", which rose from the vessel's base, is also preserved. The band of incised decoration is divided into two compartments by two columns of hieroglyphic texts (New Year wishes). In the larger of the two compartments is a recumbent lion, facing left, above which is written Hr dj 'nh snb nb;, a prayer that Horus will give all life and health. The smaller compartment is subdivided into two smaller compartments by a narrow, vertical band. In one of the smaller compartments is a bird (cf, the hieroglyph p3) above the hieroglyph for gold. In the other compartment are preserved the upper parts of an owl and of a was scepter. Condition: Large chip of the rim. Most of vessel below main band of decoration is missing, and the lower portions of the two smaller "scenes" are also chipped away. A surface crack runs from the neb sign below the bird up into the adjacent hieroglyphic text. Much brown discoloration on the neck and rim; slight traces of such discoloration on the body.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Aryballos, 7th–6th century B.C.E. Faience, 2 11/16 x 7 1/2 in. (6.8 x 19 cm); rim: 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Peter Sharrer, 81.313. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.81.313_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, view 1, CUR.81.313_NegA_print_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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