Bottle in the Form of a Mother and Child
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
"Mother-and-child" bottles were made throughout the Eighteenth Dynasty. Their function is far from certain. One possible explanation is that they contained the milk of mothers who had recently delivered a male child. Medical texts frequently mention such milk as an effective remedy for a variety of ailments.
ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bottle in the Form of a Mother and Child, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Steatite, glazed, Height: 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.9. Creative Commons-BY
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