This rim fragment with a lotus handle once belonged to a shallow strainer (see 30.8.369
for a complete example) that formed part of a wine service. The strainer would have been used to filter sediment from wine as it was poured from jugs, jars or flasks into drinking vessels.
Many of the vessels and vessel fragments found at Tell Basta were richly decorated and likely associated with a temple festival. Here the handle is engraved with a lotus blossom, a common motif in Egyptian art. Such blossoms were an important symbol of rebirth.