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Fragment of an ovoid flask

Period:
Third Intermediate Period or later
Date:
ca. 1070–664 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
5 × 3.5 cm (1 15/16 × 1 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.2260
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This fragment, from an ovoid flask with a narrow neck, preserves part of a band of water, on which a papyrus skiff bearing two calves floats against a backdrop of marsh plants. One calf is in the process of jumping off the prow; the other, wearing a collar and leash, lies in the middle of the boat. This type of decoration is often seen on chalices; unlike a chalice, this fragment is not glazed inside. The quality of the work here is excellent, likely from the workshop of a master potter.
Formerly Gréau Collection. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan before 1903. Donated to the Museum, 1917.

Tait, G. A. D. 1963. "The Egyptian Relief Chalice." In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 49, p. 128, pl. XXIII.1.

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