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Vial

Period:
Byzantine or Islamic?
Date:
5th Century A.D. or later
Geography:
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
Medium:
Leaded tin
Dimensions:
H. 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.228.192
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
This small vial takes the shape of an ovoid amphora with a tall neck and thin handles. The relief decoration includes geometric forms, such as the zig-zags and vertical lines around the neck and the gridded hanging triangles on the shoulders; the body is adorned with vertical forms that may represent trees. Clearly post-Ramesside, this vessel finds parallels both in the Byzantine world and with later Islamic vessels from the 13th and 14th Centuries A.D.
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. 55; p. 54, fig. 71.

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