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Blue-Painted Vase with Marsh Scene

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor

During the reign of Amunhotep III, light blue was the most popular color in the artist's palette; it may have been the King's favorite color. Craftsmen frequently decorated pots with cobalt blue paint. Some of the most complex examples depict marsh scenes, evoking the papyrus swamp from which the Egyptians believed the Creator god emerged at the so-called First Moment. Blue-painted ware has been found in houses, tombs, and temples.

MEDIUM Clay, Egyptian blue, pigment
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 11 5/8 x Diam. of body 6 5/16 in. (29.6 x 16 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Blue-Painted Vase with Marsh Scene, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Clay, Egyptian blue, pigment, 11 5/8 x Diam. of body 6 5/16 in. (29.6 x 16 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 59.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.2_detail1_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE detail, 59.2_detail1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Terracotta vase, tear-drop shape, rounded base. Exterior decorated with series of registers of monochrome blue and lotus petals. Main registers in pale blue, black and red representing swamp scene, two girls in reed boats, one poling boat, the other gathers lotus flowers. Birds and jumping bulls as filler. Condition: Slight chip in rim. A few worn patches on painting, particularly on boat with kneeling girl.
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