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Jar with registers of plant ornament and animals

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
100–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Tuna el-Gebel
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Dia. 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1013
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
This elaborately decorated vessel belongs to a later Ptolemaic type made outside Alexandria.

On the neck of the vessel partially preserved panels with nude figures in marsh environments can be noted. Two registers at the top of the body of the vessel show vegetal motifs. These are followed by a register with birds, fish, fruits, and other vegetation, and then a register with groupings of animals including a hare, and a griffon. The bottom of the vessel is cupped by a lotus calyx.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, 1926. Previously purchased by Lord Carnarvon in 1922 from Nicolas Tano, Cairo.

Nenna, Marie Dominique and Mervat Seif el-Din 2000. La vaisselle en faïence d'époque gréco-romaine, 4. Études Alexandriennes, Cairo, p. 277.

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