Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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Special vessels were used to hold ritually purified water. Called hes-vases (from the Egyptian word meaning “favored”), these containers were frequently left as tomb offerings so the deceased could drink the water and thus maintain a pure state throughout eternity. The potter who made this example applied a thin slip to imitate banded alabaster.
ca. 1938-1700 B.C.E.
Dynasty 12 to early Dynasty 13
10 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (27.2 x 7 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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