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Wine Jar Showing Grapevine

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Vessels with Blue-Painted Designs

The most innovative pottery of the Eighteenth Dynasty—so-called bluepainted ware—began under Thutmose III.

The pastel pigment was made from groundup blue frit, a mixture of cobalt and alum. Initially, potters relied on blue paint to accentuate small details, such as the grape cluster hanging from a vine on the wine jar in this case. Over time, though, artists began to use blue paint for more complex designs and figures.
MEDIUM Clay, pigment
  • Place Excavated: Esna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1479–1425 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 18 1/4 x Diam. 8 3/4 in. (46.3 x 22.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.447.447
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Esna, Egypt (Ramessid); 1907, excavated by Henri de Morgan of Francescas, France and New York, NY for the Brooklyn Museum.
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    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Wine Jar Showing Grapevine, ca. 1479–1425 B.C.E. Clay, pigment, 18 1/4 x Diam. 8 3/4 in. (46.3 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 07.447.447. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.07.447.447_NegB_print_bw.jpg)
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