Bowl fragment - 907.18.207_1


Bowl fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
9.1 × 1.4 × 9.5 cm
Object number: 907.18.207
Not on view
DescriptionThis body fragment from the bottom of a 'marsh bowl' is made of a dark blue turquoise faience. Faience is a glazed non-clay ceramic material made from quartz sand and natron. The decoration on the piece evokes the fecundity of the Egyptian marshes with a lotus flower outlined in black in the interior. Beneath the lotus is a rectangular border with text inside.  The text originally contained a cartouche preceded by the title 'good or perfect god.' The cartouche probably held the name of Hatshepsut. The text also contains the name of the goddess Hathor with an epithet, presumably 'mistress of the West.'  The bowl was likely a votive offering to Hathor.  "Uncountable' numbers of such faience bowl fragments, including this one, were exavated at the site of Deir el-Bahari.  They are from shallow open bowls popular in the early 18th Dynasty. 
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