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Group of Silver Vessels

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 21–22
Date:
ca. 1070–712 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
h. 7cm (2 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.228.21-related
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 125
In 1906 two caches were found buried close to the ancient temple dedicated to the feline goddess Bastet at Tell Basta, near modern
Zagazig. Some of these pieces went to he Egyptian Museum in Cairo and others like these handsome vessels were purchased by the Metropolitan Museum.
The hoards give us a glimpse of the splendor of the equipment associated with temple cult and festivals..
Discovered at Tell Basta during construction of the railway, 1906. Purchased by the Museum from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1907.

Lythgoe, Albert M. 1907. "Recent Egyptian Acquisitions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 2, no. 12 (December), pp. 195–196.

Lilyquist, Christine 2012. "Treasures from Tell Basta: Goddesses, Officials, and Artists in an International Age." In Metropolitan Museum Journal, 47, p. 49, fig. 61, no. 40; p. 12, fig. 3; p. 60, fig. 84.

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