Bowl with offering scene

Dish: low, with a rounded base. Clay: soft. Glaze; bluish green, artificially stained. Decoration: in black, over glaze.

Historical period(s)
Late New Kingdom or later, 712-332 BCE or later
Medium
Faience with manganese paint
Dimensions
H x W x D: 4.6 x 15.7 x 15.7 cm (1 13/16 x 6 3/16 x 6 3/16 in)
Geography
Egypt
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.144
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Faience, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
Egypt, fruit, Hathor, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 BCE), plant
Provenance

To 1909
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1983, 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Maurice Nahman (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1948

Description

Dish: low, with a rounded base. Clay: soft. Glaze; bluish green, artificially stained. Decoration: in black, over glaze.

Label

Faience bowls with black-painted decoration were probably used to hold food or liquid offerings to the goddess Hathor, who nourished and protected the dead.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 49, fig. 2.18.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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