Tall-necked amphora with polychrome decoration - 910.2.53_1


Tall-necked amphora with polychrome decoration

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware painted after firing)
Geography: Probably from Deir el-Medina, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: Late 18th to 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
29.8 x 19 cm
Object number: 910.2.53
Not on view

Amphora with globular body, disc base, and two opposing horizontally placed handles rising from the shoulder. There is a tall neck with an everted angular rim. The decoration of the vessel, of which only traces remain, was added after the vessel was fired. Numerous jars of this sort with post-firing decoration have been found at the site of Deir el Medina in Thebes. They seem to have been used to serve wine at funerary banquets and then may have been placed inside the tomb. Since they were only intended to be used once, it did not matter so much that the decoration was not permanently affixed to the vessel.

The surface of the amphora made of marl clay is coated with a thick cream burnished slip that has fired in pink patches near the base. On the body there are traces of a thick powdery blue substance. Most likely this was part of a floral collar painted as if hanging from the vessel’s neck. Alternating red and black stripes are still visible on one of the handles. Most likely similar stripes originally decorated the vessel’s neck as well.

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