Sherd of a pottery vessel



Accession Number
W1284a
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Domestic piety case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel
Periods
New Kingdom to Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Pottery
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Height: 98mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow
Divine Name
Hathor

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Description

This is part of a pottery vessel showing a cow's head. The cow likely represents the goddess Hathor. Such vases seem to have been used from the Middle Kingdom to contain wine or milk. Festivals of Hathor seemed to have contained an element of drunkenness but on many temple estates cows were kept to produce holy milk. It dates from the New Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman Period. It was purchased by Wellcome from the Rustafjaell collection.

Bibliography

Pudleiner, R., 2001. Hathor on the Thoth Hill = Hathor sur le Mont Thoth Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Abteilung Kairo, 57, 239-245.

Other Identity
W1072 | 27 (serrated label placed on back of object)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 19–21 Dec 1906
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 20 Oct 2020

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