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"New Year's" bottle
664-332 B.C.E.


Late Period

Faience (glazed composition)
H: 15.6 W: 12.2 D: 5.7 cm
Egypt

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.11

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Flasks of this type are known as "New Year" gifts because of the inscriptions they often bear, which invoke the gods of the city of Memphis to give the owner all life and health, and a happy New Year. Almost invariably made of a fine light blue or pale green glazed faience, the flasks are usually decorated with garlands around the neck and have an ape of the god Thoth, recorder of time, seated on each side of the neck.