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Blue-Painted Storage Jar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
Blue painted decoration on large vessels became fashionable during the reign of Amenhotep III (circa 1390–1352 B.C.E.). The blue pigment was likely produced with cobalt, a mineral originating in the western oasis, located about 150 miles from the Nile Valley and accessible to the Egyptians since the Old Kingdom.
MEDIUM Pottery, painted
  • Place Made: Tell el Amarna
  • DATES ca. 1353-1329 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 26 9/16 x Diam. 17 1/8 in. (67.4 x 43.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 16.244
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
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    CAPTION Blue-Painted Storage Jar, ca. 1353-1329 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 26 9/16 x Diam. 17 1/8 in. (67.4 x 43.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.244. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.244_erg456.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.16.244_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/5/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large red pottery storage jar with biconical body and cylindrical neck. Upper part of body decorated with four registers of conventionalized floral motifs in blue and red with black outlines. Blue band around neck.
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