Bowl fragment - 907.18.212_1


Bowl fragment

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Deir el-Bahri, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
5.5 × 1 × 5.5 cm
Object number: 907.18.212
Not on view
Descriptionhis body sherd is a fragment of a 'marsh bowl' 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 petal on the exterior. On the interior is a black outlined figure of a cow, of which the back part is preserved showing irregular black patches and tail hanging down. The cow is associated with Hathor and is an important if fairly rare motif in the marsh bowls. "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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