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Cup

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
500–200 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 8 x dia. 9.5 cm (3 1/8 x 3 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1015
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
Faience cups of this type are frequent in the Late Period. A recent study of faience vessels notes that examples were found in the western dump at the Sacred Animal Necropolis at Saqqara, where datable documents belong to the 5th-4th centuries B.C. The cups vary in size; examples are known that were inscribed and found in sets of 7 for the 7 sacred oils. The type may have continued to be produced during the Graeco-Roman period, but the quality of the glaze here - very thick and most often with regular craquelure in a regular manner - seems characteristic of the Late Period.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) from Nicolas Tano, Cairo. Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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