This piriform jar, datable to the middle to late reign of Akhenaten, may have held wine or beer to be served at a banquet. During the mid-Eighteenth Dynasty, a new type of decorated ceramic appears in Egypt, incorporating a rare powder blue pigment derived from cobalt. The pale blue imitated the petals of the blue lotus, which were used in garlands to decorate plain pottery amphorae. The lotus decoration was not only attractive but also evoked rebirth, as the lotus opens anew each day with the sunrise. The petal decoration could be combined with other motifs symbolizing rebirth, such as the lotus flower and ankh signs rendered in black on the central band of this vessel.
Published: Lacovara, Peter 'The realm of Osiris: Mummies, coffins, and Ancient Egyptian funerary art in the Michael C. Carlos Museum', Emory University (2001) page 27, #17.
Exhibited: Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory University from 1998 - 2015
Dimensions:Height: Maximum: 13 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. (34 x 15 cm)
Condition:Hairline crack to one side that has been stabilized otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. Good remaining polychrome.
Provenance:Private NY collection, acquired from Charles Ede June, 1998 and previously in a French collection, thereafter on loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University from 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.077.001