Ointment Flask which Has Papyrus Plants Upon It
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Vessels such as this contained small amounts of oil or perfume used for cosmetic purposes. The primary decoration—papyrus plants rising from a lotus flower—may allude to the creation of the universe. According to one account of creation, the lotus was the first thing to emerge from the primordial waters of chaos at the dawn of time. The papyrus was the heraldic plant of Lower, or northern, Egypt.
ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty-early XIX Dynasty
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Ointment Flask which Has Papyrus Plants Upon It, ca. 1336-1250 B.C.E. Faience, painted, 5 5/16 in. (13.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 75.52.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.75.52.1_wwg8.jpg)
installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.75.52.1_wwg8.jpg
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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One pale green alabastron with papyrus painted upon it in black. The base of the vessel is decorated with an open lotus (?).
Condition: Abraided and discolored; rim chipped.
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