Rim fragment with handle from a shallow strainer

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
Ramesses II or slightly later
Date:
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
L. 7 cm (2 3/4 in.); W. 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.228.189
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This rim fragment with a lotus handle once belonged to a shallow strainer (see 30.8.369 for a complete example) that formed part of a wine service. The strainer would have been used to filter sediment from wine as it was poured from jugs, jars or flasks into drinking vessels.
Many of the vessels and vessel fragments found at Tell Basta were richly decorated and likely associated with a temple festival. Here the handle is engraved with a lotus blossom, a common motif in Egyptian art. Such blossoms were an important symbol of rebirth.
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. 46; p. 60, fig. 87.