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Model Offering Vase with Conical Cover

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This model vessel reproduce the form of the hieroglyph hes. The hes-sign forms the root for several words, including both "favored one "an epithet applied to the blessed dead—and "repulse" or "turn away." These vessels acted as three-dimensional hieroglyphs, conveying both the deceased's special status and the wish to ward off evil after death.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-XVII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom-Second Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 3 3/16 x 1 1/8 in. (8.1 x 2.8 cm) cover: 1 7/16 in. (3.6 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 11.679a-b
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Model Offering Vase with Conical Cover, ca. 1938-1539 B.C.E. Faience, 3 3/16 x 1 1/8 in. (8.1 x 2.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 11.679a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.11.679a-b_11.680a-b_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 12/11/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pair of blue faience offering vases (Hs shape) with separate conical covers. Undecorated. Probably models. Condition: Bad, each vase has been broken and mended but small portion missing on edges of break. Rims chipped, glaze badly worn. Glaze extensively cracked. Color is good.
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    Model Offering Vase with Conical Cover