Painted vessel. Late Period, Dynasty 26, VII–VI cent. B. C.

Painted pottery
H. 50 cm; dm. of the body 20,5 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
I.1.a 5145
The Art of Ancient Egypt View on the hall's virtual panorama

Such high vessels with a round bottom and two small round handles on top were used to store liquids –
water, beer, or wine. The surface of the vessels is completely covered with images, which means that they
rather had a decorative function. They must have been a part of tomb offerings ensuring the dead's well-
being in the afterlife. The decorative motifs on them include religious symbols of life after death: lotus
petals, papyrus vegetation, and gift-bearers.