Mit Rahina Ware Vessel

Mit Rahina Ware Vessel

200-100 BC

Polychrome faience

Diameter: 10.7 cm (4 3/16 in.); Overall: 9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1989.31

Description

With its eggshell-thin walls and low-relief decoration, this vessel is one of the very finest examples of Mit Rahina ware. The decoration is a system of friezes incorporating non-Egyptian motifs; the griffins and rosettes are Persian, while the egg-and-dart edge pattern is Greek. Contrasting hues and traces of gold hint at an original appearance that must have been stunning.

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