<em>Jar with Was-Scepters and Ankhs</em>, ca. 1426-1390 B.C.E. Clay, paint, 17 5/16 x 13 in. (44 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.140. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.16.140_NegB_print_bw.jpg)

Jar with Was-Scepters and Ankhs

Medium: Clay, paint

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1426-1390 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 17 5/16 x 13 in. (44 x 33 cm)


Museum Location: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 16.140

Image: CUR.16.140_NegB_print_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Large reddish-buff pottery jar of approximately bi-conical shape with high cylindrical neck, elaborately decorated on upper half of body and neck in red, black and blue. Band of varied colors runs around the center of body. Upper part of body beautifully decorated with three large ankh symbols, two of which are flanked by Was Sceptres. Between each of these groups is an elaborate bunch of lotus flowers in red, black, and blue. Neck decorated with conventionalized lotus flowers between red, black and blue banding. Workmanship good; very similar specimens from Tell el-Amarna in Berlin. Possibly this specimen is the one referred to by Wilbour in his letter, as coming from Amarna. Condition: Large chip in rim; also body extensively chipped. Late in 1939 it was observed that the decorated surface of the jar was lifting from the body and beginning to flake off. In February 1940 the object was given several coats of cellulose acetate which seems to have remedied the fault. Surface now strong.

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