Bowl rim fragment - 907.18.232_1


Bowl rim fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience) with black painted decoration
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
4 × 0.8 × 5.5 cm
Object number: 907.18.232
Not on view
DescriptionThis rim fragment 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 lily pad motif in the interior.  On the bowl exterior below the rim is a band of black double spiral decoration which may indicate influence from the Aegean area. Below the spiral band is a triangular petal drawn in black with criss-cross decoration.  "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.  These bowls are associated with the worship of Hathor and other goddesses and they probably served as votive offerings.
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