a good three dimensional bunch of ripe grapes, of the deep blue faience developed in Amarna. With typical stylized form of symmetrical contours and a uniform pattern of grapes in raised relief. At the back, the upper half of one side has been removed and a hole inserted for attachment to a beam.
Pendant grape bunches, such as this example, have been found in a number of New Kingdom palaces. They occur as a decorative motif in Amarna temple reliefs and the special significance of faience grapes in an architectural context may be seen in their use in scenes connected with royalty. Creating an arbor-like setting, the ripe grapes on the royal kiosk could signify fertility and well-being as well as being an emblem of royal and divine superiority. (Friedman, 1998)
References: Brovarski, E., Doll, S.K. and Freed, R. E. 1982. Egypt's Golden Age. The Art of Living in the New Kingdom. 1558-1085 BC Boston: Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Frankfort, H. and Pendlebury J.D.S. 1933, The City of Akhenaten Part II, The north suburb and the desert alters: the excavations at tell el-Amarna during the seasons 1926-1932. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
Friedman, F.D. ed. 1998. Gifts of the Nile Ancient Egyptian Faience. London: Thames and Hudson.
Stevens, A., 2006. Private Religion at Amarna. The Material Evidence. BAR International Series 1587. Oxford: Archeopress
Dimensions:Height overall: 1 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (3.8 x 5.4 cm)
Condition: the faience with somewhat glassy surface with small patches of iridescence, and some mineral deposits between the grapes, the model incomplete with loss above the attachment hole, but otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall. A lovely example.
Provenance:Private NY collection, acquired Bonhams London, 1995 and thereafter on loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University from 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.134