Bottle with Openwork Shell
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Egyptian blue is a copper-calcium tetrasilicate that the ancient Egyptians pulverized, mixed into a paste, and used to fashion objects fired at a low temperature. Seldom were those objects as large as this vessel, a technical masterpiece made of several parts. The rim and the base are shaped like lotus flowers, symbols of birth and rebirth, and the shell is adorned with images of deities in a setting represented by architectural columns.
ca. 1070-718 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
6 11/16 x greatest diam. 2 15/16 in. (17 x 7.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bottle with Openwork Shell, ca. 1070-718 B.C.E. Egyptian blue, 6 11/16 x greatest diam. 2 15/16 in. (17 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 44.175. Creative Commons-BY
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