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Blue-painted Water Jar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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 Clay, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352-1332 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 25 1/16 x Diam. 12 5/8 in. (63.7 x 32 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Blue-painted Water Jar, ca. 1352-1332 B.C.E. Clay, pigment, 25 1/16 x Diam. 12 5/8 in. (63.7 x 32 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 25.858. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.25.858_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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