Bowl rim fragment - 907.18.227_3


Bowl rim fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1450 BC
Period: Early 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
4.5 x 3.4 x 1.2 x 27.3 cm
Object number: 907.18.227
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 lotus motif in the interior. On the exterior two horizontal lines decorate the rim and below this is a motif of repeated solid triangles above and below two horizontal parallel lines. "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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