From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache
diam. 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in)
Rogers Fund, 1907
Not on view
The elaborate repoussé decorations on this bowl illustrate various scenes associated with marsh life: herding animals, cutting papyrus, harvesting fruit, catching birds, and paddling skiffs. These illustrations are variations on traditional scenes of birth and renewal that are well known from tomb and temple walls.
Discovered at Tell Basta during construction of the railway, 1906. Purchased by the Museum from Maurice Nahman, 1907.
Lythgoe, Albert M. 1907. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 12 (December), pp. 195–196.
Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 19.
Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 358, 359, figs. 224,226.
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