Bowl rim fragment - 907.18.247_1


Bowl rim fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
8.25 x 22.9 cm
Object number: 907.18.247
Not on view
DescriptionThis rim fragment of a 'marsh bowl' is made of a blue turquoise faience. Faience is a glazed non-clay ceramic material made from quartz sand and natron. The decoration on this piece evokes the fecundity of the Egyptian marshes with a the petals of a large stylized flower on the interior. There is no decoration visible on the preserved section of the bowl. "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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