Hathor head jar neck fragment - 2010x2.11_1

2010x2.11_1

Hathor head jar neck fragment

Medium:Ceramic (blue-painted earthenware)
Geography: Probably from Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1350-1085 BC
Period: Late 18th to 19th Dynasty, New Kingdom
Dimensions:
13 x 12.5 x 1.3 x 25 cm
Object number: 2010X2.11
Not on view
Description

This blue-painted jar fragment, originally the top part of a tall vessel, is made of Nile silt covered with a cream slip.  This upper part would attach to a constricted ncek area which would join a globular or oval body with the upper part fecorated with petal decoration. The wheel-made neck was pushed out to form a projecting Hathor-head on the exterior; the finger indents from this process remain on the interior. Only the upper right of the Hathor head is preserved, with the right ear being the only modelled part preserved. The hair has been painted with light blue paint. There is a diagonal red line above the right ear. The right ear is outlined in black with five black diagonal interior stripes. To the right of the Hathor head is a top left portion of a blue painted lotus column; the top of the open blossom is indicated in red paint. Between the Hathor head and the lotus column appears the top of a was-scepter rendered in black paint.

A number of pottery fragments decorated with Hathor heads have been excavated in residential areas at Amarna, as well as other New Kingdom sites, such as Malqata and Deir el-Medina. 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.

Collection:
Egypt
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