Funnel-necked jar with blue painted decoration - ROM2019_17072_34


Funnel-necked jar with blue painted decoration

Medium:Ceramic (blue-painted earthenware)
Geography: Possibly from Amarna, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
34.5 x 20 cm
Object number: 948.34.55
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
Not on view
DescriptionBlue-painted pottery is the most characteristic and notable ceramic type of the Egyptian New Kingdom. 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 metalware 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 made from cobalt, black made from soot and red made from ochre applied over a cream slip. This vessel is an intact funnel-necked jar with tall neck and simple rim.  The ovoid body is decorated with two registers of blue-painted petal decoration. Where the neck joins the shoulder there is a blue band outlined in black with a red horizontal line running through the centre. Falling from that band is a typical frieze of narrow pendant blue petals with rounded ends added in black. In the 2.5 cm gap between the two petal friezes there is a mandrake fruit painted in black; an attempt has been made to paint the calyx of the fruit blue. The ROM vessel accords perfectly with the decoration of the North Karnak funnel-necked jars, published by Colin Hope "Some Remarks on Potmarks of the Late Eighteenth Dynasty" in Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honour of H.S. Smith  (London: EES, 1999) pp. 128-9 fig. 4a. This is the only vessel type that has the mandrake sign.
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