Amphora with applied decoration and lid

Egyptian
New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18
1390–1327 B.C.


Place of Origin: Egypt

Dimensions

Height x diameter of rim: 62 x 21 cm (24 7/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

64.9a-b

Medium or Technique

Pottery, Nile silt ware

On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

In the late Eighteenth Dynasty a new type of painted pottery was introduced, characterized by the use of cobalt blue. Because many examples have been found at the residences of Amenhotep III and Akhenaten at Thebes and el-Amarna, it is sometimes known as palace ware. This jar is particularly large and ornate with painted, incised, and applied decoration. The volute handles, resembling those on later Greek vases, are unusual in Egyptian art and may be attributed to foreign influence. The jar has a distinct front and back and was probably intended primarily for display in a niche, although it also could have served as a wine jar on festive occasions. The lid is crowned with a recumbent calf while grapes hang below the rim. On the vessel’s shoulder, a newborn ibex struggles to rise, its head raised up proudly to confront the viewer. Implicit in the young animals is the message of rejuvenation and rebirth.

Provenance

By 1964: Paul Mallon collection, Paris; 1964: purchased by the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mallon.
(Accession Date: January 8, 1964)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund