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New Year's Bottle

664 BCE - 525 BCE
Saite Period (664-525 BCE)
6 7/8 x 5 7/16 x 3 11/16 in. (17.5 x 13.8 x 9.3 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Terracotta, glaze
Credit Line: R.T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1951.200
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Frederic Morgan Collection

The celebration of the ancient Egyptian New Year included gifts of these distinctively shaped vessels incised with garlands, geometric designs, and inscriptions invoking the gods to grant the owner life, health, and happiness. Two baboons, sacred to the calendar god Thoth, sit on each side of the papyrus-flower neck of the bottle. The bottles may have contained perfumes or oils used in New Year ceremonies, or perhaps water from a sacred pool.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Frederic G. Morgan (d. 1920), Aurora, New York; purchased from his estate by the Gallery in 1951

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