Egyptian / Lotiform Cup / ca. 945-715 B.C.E.Egyptian
Lotiform Cup
ca. 945-715 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Lotiform Cup
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: -94
Creation End Date: -71
Creation Date: ca. 945-715 B.C.E.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessels
Materials and Techniques: Egyptian faience
Dimensions: H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 26.7.971
Credit Line: Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926

The fragrant blossom of the blue lotus is a common motif in all forms of Egyptian art. The water lily was valued not only for its beauty and scent; because it opened its petals to the sun each morning it became a symbol of creation and rebirth. This cup, made of brilliantly glazed Egyptian faience, imitates the slender form of the flower and is decorated in relief with scenes depicting the plant's marshy habitat. Such cups were funerary offerings made to be placed in tombs.

AMICA ID: MMA_.26.7.971
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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