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Lotiform chalice

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Wadi Gabbanat el-Qurud, Wadi D, Tomb of the 3 Foreign Wives of Thutmose III
Glass, gold
H. 7.5 cm (2 15/16 in.); diam. 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Bequest of the Earl of Carnarvon, 1923
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118
This fragmentary cup, in the form of a partially open blue lotus flower, belongs to a group of glass vessels that belonged to three foreign wives of Thutmose III, the nephew and co-ruler of Hatshepsut. At this time, the art of glass manufacture was relatively new to Egypt, but the shape of the cup is typically Egyptian, suggesting that it was made in Egypt and not imported like another glass vessel from the same group (26.7.1175). The outer surface is engraved with a pattern of lotus petals, one of which is inscribed with the words "The Good God, Menkheperre, given life."
Bequeathed to the Museum by Lord Carnarvon, 1923.

Tait, G. A. D. 1963. "The Egyptian Relief Chalice." In Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 49, p. 100.

Grose, David F. 1989. Early Ancient Glass: Core-Formed, Rod-Formed, and Cast Vessels and Objects from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Roman Empire, 1600 B.C. to A.D. 50. New York: Hudson Hills Press.

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