Situla with Religious Scenes in Raised Relief
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Vessels of this shape, known as situlae, were used for carrying liquids during religious ceremonies. These smaller-sized situlae are models of the much larger vessels employed in temple rituals and likely served as temple votive offerings. Each situla depicts a worshipper standing or kneeling before a row of gods led by the ithyphallic god Amun- Min, a symbol of regeneration. Two of these pieces are inscribed with a prayer asking Isis to grant life to a named dedicator. The lotus petals at the bottom symbolize rebirth.
Ptolemaic Period (or later)
2 13/16 x Diam. 1 in. (7.1 x 2.6 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Situla with Religious Scenes in Raised Relief, 305-30 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 13/16 x Diam. 1 in. (7.1 x 2.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.578E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.578E_front_PS11.jpg)
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