Fragment of an ovoid flask
- Third Intermediate Period or later
- ca. 1070–664 B.C.
- From Egypt
- 5 × 3.5 cm (1 15/16 × 1 3/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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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.