Bowl rim fragment - 907.18.254_4


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
9.5 x 33.1 cm
Object number: 907.18.254
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 top of the squared off rim measures 1 cm. and is painted a dark blue.The decoration on the piece evokes the fecundity of the Egyptian marshes with a lotus flower outlined in black with petals filled with dots on the interior. The exterior of the bowl depicts an elongated petal filled with linear dots. The petals of the blue lotus open at dawn and close at dusk, thus forming a symbol for the regenerative power of the Egyptian primaeval waters (Nun). "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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