An Egyptian Faience Offering Cup with Cartouche for Ramesses III, New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, ca. 1282 - 1151 BCE
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the cylindrical form tapering towards the base with a slightly flared offset rim decorated with black rays, two registers of hieroglyphs applied in black pigment to the exterior that reads: “Osiris, Lord of Ra-setu , Lord of the Two Lands, User-maat-re, Mery-amun”
Considered to be the last great king of the New Kingdom, Ramesses III was the second pharaoh of the 20th dynasty. An astute military leader, he defended Egypt against numerous foreign invasions, including the Libyans and the Sea Peoples. A great temple builder, paintings of his military feats decorate the walls of his mortuary temple near Thebes. He also helped complete the unification of Egypt providing much-needed economical and political stability.
Reference: Friedman, Florence D. "Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience" (Museum of Art, RISD 1998), no. 57 (also p. 96 for the color plate) for a similar cup inscribed for Nesikhons.
Dimensions: Height: 5.4 cm (2.12 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: JME collection, New York, acquired 1998, thereafter private Virginia collection, acquired from Royal Athena Gallery, New York, in 2014.
Published: Royal Athena, Art of the Ancient World, Volume XXVI, 2015, no. 254