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Faience Vessel with Procession of Four Bulls

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

The base of this bowl is adorned with a lotus flower and the body with a procession of cows, possibly symbols of the goddess Hathor, through a setting of lotus flowers. Although it was once claimed for Dynasty XVIII (circa 1539–1295 B.C.), the vessel is more likely a work of Dynasty XXV It once had a blue-green glaze and is much restored.

CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Faience
  • Possible place made: Egypt
  • Possible place made: Sudan
DATES ca. 775-653 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXV Dynasty (possibly)
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 7 5/16 x 7 7/8 in. (18.5 x 20 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Egyptian. Faience Vessel with Procession of Four Bulls, ca. 775-653 B.C.E. Faience, 7 5/16 x 7 7/8 in. (18.5 x 20 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 74.98.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 74.98.1_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A semi-circular faience vessel with a procession of four bulls with lotus thickets around the upper portion. The bottom of the vessel is decorated with a lotus flower. Condition: Most of the blue-green glaze is discolored. Restored.
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