From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache
H. 3.5 × Diam. 12 cm (1 3/8 × 4 3/4 in.)
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Not on view
Wine services do not seem to have a long history in Egypt, but appear to have been introduced in the New Kingdom when wine-drinking became a feature of elite society in the Ramesside Period. This gold strainer is intended for a wine service, removing sediment from the beverage as it is poured out of jugs, jars or flasks into bowls, goblets or situlae for drinking. The strainer indicates that most if not all of the Tell Basta vessels belonged to just such a wine service, certainly a very special one associated with a temple festival.
Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accesioned, 1930.
Lilyquist, Christine 2012. "Treasures from Tell Basta: Goddesses, Officials, and Artists in an International Age." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 47, p. 50, no. 43; p. 12, fig. 3; p. 50, fig. 62; p. 60, fig. 85.