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Cup with Lotus Decoration

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This little cup has been shaped and decorated to resemble a blue lotus (water lily). This was the flower the Egyptians loved above all others. They treasured it for its fragrance and especially for the way in which it seemed to follow the sun, opening at daybreak and closing at nightfall. The blue lotus became a potent symbol of the hope for eternal life. It is likely, therefore, that this small vessel was not made for use or as a toy but rather was placed in a temple as a gift to a god.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XII Dynasty-XIII Dynasty
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 11/16 × Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 × 4.3 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 35.1275
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Cup with Lotus Decoration, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Faience, 1 11/16 × Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 × 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1275. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1275_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.35.1275_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 10/21/2010
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     <em>Cup with Lotus Decoration</em>, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Faience, 1 11/16 × Diam. 1 11/16 in. (4.3 × 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 35.1275. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.35.1275_erg2.jpg)

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