Large rim sherd from a blue-painted storage jar, Egypt - New Kingdom Amarna period, 18th Dynasty, 1350 BC. These ancient egyptian antiquities are now scarce and highly collectable.
Painting on Egyptian pottery is not very common before the New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC), but appears often in the late 18th Dynasty. This blue-decorated pottery was first recognised on a bigger scale at the palace of king Amenhotep III (1388-1351/50 BC). This sherd probably comes from the palace site at Tell el-Amarna, built by Amenhotep III's son, king Akenaten
Amarna period painted vessels were mostly storage jars made from Nile-silt clay and would originally have contained luxury liquids. The dominant colour was an intense blue, accompanied by red and black, and most patterns are repeated designs in which a prominent element is stylised plant petals. Some blue-painted vessels bore more individual motifs, such as birds and fish. This type of decorated pottery contributed to the range of bright colours that characterized life at Amarna.
Condition: Rim sherd from a large vessel. Orange fabric, the rim surface painted a sandy yellow. The shoulders painted with concentric brown lines and cross-hatching, infilled with light blue paint.
Dimensions: Approx. 70mm square.
Provenance: Ex. Ostracon Gallery, Switzerland.