Rim fragment with handle from a shallow strainer

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
Ramesses II or slightly later
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
L. 7 cm (2 3/4 in.); W. 4.3 cm (1 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
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.