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Wide-mouthed Bowl

Arts of the Americas

The lapwing bird with outstretched human arms and hands represented on this decorative tile symbolized the population of Egypt, specifically the common folk. Depicted with the hieroglyph for "all," it forms a rebus meaning " All Egyptians adore." The object of adoration could be either the king or a god, depending on the context—temple or palace—in which the tile was inlaid.

PERIOD Pre-Spanish
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1938, Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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CAPTION Wide-mouthed Bowl. Clay Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1938, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 38.578. Creative Commons-BY
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Wide-mouthed Bowl