Funnel-necked jar - 933.11.2_1


Funnel-necked jar

Medium:Ceramic (blue-painted earthenware)
Geography: Excavated at Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
66.3 x 42.2 cm
Object number: 933.11.2
Credit Line: Gift of the British Museum
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Large funnel-necked jar with a biconical body made of Nile silt with a wide pink-black core. The rim and neck of the vessel have been reconstructed from five original sherds; the neck is decorated by a band of blue-painted upward facing lotus petals outlined in red. The body is decorated with four panels of blue-painted decoration. Under the neck is a panel of overlapping narrow blue petals with a medial red line. Below that is a row of wider blue petals under a blue band bordered in black over a band of red dots. The third panel consists of three horizontal blue bands bordered by black lines. The gap between the top two bands is largely filled in by a red and three black horizontal lines. Pendant lotus petals fill the space from the top of the register to the top of the lowest blue band. At the widest point of the vessel the lowest band is a simple row of blue lotus petals over a blue band bordered by black lines. The jar was probably used to hold water or another liquid at banquets or other festive occasions

This vessel came from the Egypt Exploration Society’s excavations at the site of Amarna through the British Museum. On the base of the neck there is written in black ink "XXIII 23/6." The "XXIII" refers to the pottery corpus of City of Akhenaten p. 138 referring to "large jars with tall narrow neck, carinated body and rounded base." The "23/6" indicates that this is the 6th pot of this type registered in 1923.

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