Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
The Egyptians used special vessels to hold ritually purified water. Called hes-vases (from the Egyptian word meaning "favored"), these containers were frequently left as tomb offerings so the deceased could drink the water and thus maintain a pure state throughout eternity. The potter who made this example applied a thin slip to imitate banded alabaster.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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HS Vase, ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E. Pottery, slipped, 10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (27.2 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.318E. Creative Commons-BY
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 5/27/2008
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