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Globular Pitcher with Cover

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egypt maintained extensive trade relations with several Mediterranean civilizations during the Eighteenth Dynasty. This pitcher, with its high neck, thin handle, bulbous body, and flaring base, reproduces the form of Cypriot vessels called base-ring ware. Cypriot pots imported into Egypt probably contained a mixture of honey and opium; local Egyptian versions of base-ring ware held scented oils or unguents.
MEDIUM Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479–1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 × Diam. 7 1/2 in. (23.5 × 19 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.1299a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, reportedly from the palace of Amenhotep III, Egypt; July 18, 1934, purchased from Spink and Son at Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom, “Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and South American antiquities”, lot 11, by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Large undecorated alabaster jar with separate disk cover, globular body, cylindrical neck from which handle runs to upper part of body. An excellent specimen, probably used as an ointment container. Condition: Perfect.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Globular Pitcher with Cover, ca. 1479–1353 B.C.E. Egyptian alabaster (calcite), 9 1/4 × Diam. 7 1/2 in. (23.5 × 19 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.1299a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.34.1299a-b_NegA_print_bw.jpg)
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