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.
Egyptian alabaster (calcite)
ca. 1479-1353 B.C.E.
9 1/4 × Diam. 7 1/2 in. (23.5 × 19 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
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.
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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