Bowl Decorated with Marsh Scenes

Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside

Dynasty: Dynasty 19

Reign: Ramesses II

Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: diam. 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.228.20


The elaborate repoussé decorations on this bowl illustrate various scenes associated with marsh life: herding animals, cutting papyrus, harvesting fruit, catching birds, and paddling skiffs. These illustrations are variations on traditional scenes of birth and renewal that are well known from tomb and temple walls.