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Cylindrical Toilet Box with Swivelled Cover

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 band of incised decoration running around the circumference of this vessel shows the seated figure of a man named lpuy at a banquet. An attendant pours him a small amount of liquid, perhaps wine. Behind them appear five female dancers and musicians. The single band of inscription above the scene offers advice for enjoying oneself at a banquet: "Deck yourself with garlands, anoint yourself with oil, spend the day merrily!"

MEDIUM Wood
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.600E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Cylindrical Toilet Box with Swivelled Cover, ca. 1336-1295 B.C.E. Wood Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.600E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.600Ea-b_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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