Hathor bowl rim fragment - 2010x2.1_1


Hathor bowl rim fragment

Medium:Ceramic (blue-painted earthenware)
Geography: Probably from Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1567-1085 BC
Period: Late 18th to 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
5.2 x 7.1 x 1.7 cm
Object number: 2010X2.1
Not on view

Moulded Hathor face applied to a slab of clay added just under the rim of a bowl. Bowls with this type of decoration have been found at Amarna, as well as in the Theban area at such sites as Deir el Medina and Malqata. The bowl has been covered inside and out with a cream slip. The triangular face, bovine ears, large almond-shaped eyes with cosmetic lines and the disc on the forehead are all typical Hathor iconography. Hathor is a goddess with solar connections and was the patron of women, fertility, making merry and love. She was not part of the official Amarna religion, but private individuals continued to have amulets of protective deities such as Bes, Taweret and Hathor during the Atenist period.

The nose, mouth and right wig lappet areas are very worn and abraded. The hair has been painted with light blue paint which extends on to the top rim of the bowl. On top of the head are traces of vertical red lines above each ear. Below the chin are horizontal red paint lines on each side of the wig.

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