Chalice fragment

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    1075-945 B.C.E
  • Geography

  • Material

    Faience (glazed composition)
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.9 × 5.6 cm (3 1/8 × 2 3/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Lower half of a faience chalice decorated in low relief. The glaze is dark blue and the piece has been repaired and patched. The stem of the chalice is missing, as is the top of the cup section and rim. The cup of the chalice echos the shape of an open lotus flower. The decoration on the outer surface is in low relief divided into three registers. In the lowest register is a running frieze of floral elements including lotus petals and papyrus umbrellas. The middle register consists of five birds in a papyrus marsh. Two of the birds are either ducks or geese which are landing with their feet stretched forward and their wings back. The other three birds look like herons, one of which is bent over looking for food. Only the lower half of the top register remains, and this depicts a marsh hunt. There are two reed boats and each boat has three men in it. In one boat a man holds two dead birds by the wings, letting the heads of the birds hang down together. A calf kneels in the other boat. Each boat has a man pushing it along with a pole and we can assume that at least one man in each boat is posed with a spear or bow and arrow for the hunt.
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1596, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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