From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache
H. 11 cm (4 5/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1907
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. Most if not all of the vessels in Tell Basta vessels belonged to just such a wine service associated presumably with a temple festival.
Jars like this one might be used for mixing wine.
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.
Lilyquist, Christine 2012. "Treasures from Tell Basta: Goddesses, Officials, and Artists in an International Age." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 47, p. 49, no. 39; p. 12, fig. 3; p. 51, fig. 64; p. 60, fig. 84.