Jar shoulder fragment with petal decoration - 2010x2.9.1_1


Jar shoulder fragment with petal decoration

Medium:Ceramic (blue-painted earthenware)
Geography: Probably from Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1350-1085 BC
Period: Late 18th to 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
6.4 x 8.8 x 1 x 25 cm
Object number: 2010X2.9.1
Not on view

Sherd from the shoulder of a jar made of Nile silt, covered by a cream slip with blue-painted floral petal decoration. This type of cermaic decoration is characteristic of late New Kingdom Egypt.  The origin of Egyptian blue-painted decoration lies in the practice of decorating vessels with garlands of flowers on festive occasions. The elite probably used metal ware decorated with real floral garlands. But for large groups it may be that paint was used to provide a similar type of decoration. The basic colours are blue, black and red applied over a cream slip. These colours are seen on this sherd with two painted light blue horizontal bands flanked by narrow black stripes and vertical divisions in black that end in a series of scallops or "v"s which divide the petals. Close to the top of the lower band is narrow horizontal red line.

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