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Jar with Squat, Biconical Body

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Two Simple Storage Vessels

Like many vessels of the time, these two perpetuate the forms and understated design principles of the early Eighteenth Dynasty.


These wheel-made pottery vessels date from the era of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III. Both of these pots originally held dry goods such as grain or fruit. The rounded bottom of the taller vessel indicates that it originally rested in a separate pottery stand.
MEDIUM Pottery, painted
  • Place Excavated: Esna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 4 5/8 x Diam. 4 13/16 in. (11.7 x 12.3 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.447.469
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Jar with Squat, Biconical Body, ca. 1400-1390 B.C.E. Pottery, painted, 4 5/8 x Diam. 4 13/16 in. (11.7 x 12.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.469. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, CUR.07.447.469_erg456.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 9/6/2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Vase of reddish pottery, with squat biconical body; rather wide base, low ring-foot, rather narrow mouth, rather high, very slightly concave neck, sharply offset from body; rather broad disk-lip, slightly rounded on upper side, offset by groove from neck on underside. Highly polished orange-red slip; decorated with dark purple painted narrow horizontal stripes, in three groups around waist, around shoulder, around lower part of neck, the group on shoulder being enriched with a central line of dots, and with seven thin, radiating lines on lip, irregularly disposed. Good work, very regularly formed. Condition: A chip in body beneath waist. Somewhat abraded and soiled.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (82%)
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