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Strainer

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Date:
ca. 1295–1070 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Diam. 8 x L. 12.3 cm (3 1/8 x 4 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.228.185
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This fragment of a shallow strainer (see 30.8.369 for a complete example) once formed part of a drinking service. It would have been used to filter sediment from wine as it was poured from jugs, jars or flasks into bowls, goblets or situlas.

Wine services appear to have been introduced in the Ramesside Period, when wine-drinking became a feature of elite society. Most if not all of the vessels found at Tell Basta were presumably associated with a temple festival.
Discovered at Tell Basta during construction of the railway, 1906. Purchased by the Museum from Maurice Nahman, 1907.

Lilyquist, Christine 2012. "Treasures from Tell Basta: Goddesses, Officials, and Artists in an International Age." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 47, p. 50, no. 44; p. 60, fig. 86.

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