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Toilet Dish in Form of Cartouche Containing Fish

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Wood, frit
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. (5.4 x 11.8 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.608E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Toilet Dish in Form of Cartouche Containing Fish, ca. 1539-1292 B.C.E. Wood, frit, 2 1/8 x 4 5/8 in. (5.4 x 11.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.608E. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.608E_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A wooden toilet dish in the form of a cartouche. Incised lines running around the edge of the dish are filled with blue frit. Two Bolti fish, face to face and holding lotus flowers in their mouths are incised in the dish which represents a fish pond. The short handle is decorated with an Egyptian desert hare in relief. It is seen from the side crouching, facing forward. A lotus with sepals curving downward is at the rear of the hare. All incised areas around the hare and lotus contain blue frit. The back is undecorated. There is a flattened area on the bottom to prevent the dish from rocking. Condition: Excellent. Three chips off the inner surface of dish. Chip off the upper right edge.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (72%)
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