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 (Marl)
Measurements
Preserved height: 98mm | Height in stance: 97mm | Maximum diameter: 110mm | Rim diameter: 110mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Animal
Bull/cow
Divine Name
Hathor

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Description

This object is part of a pottery vessel showing a cow's head to represent the goddess Hathor. Such vases seem to have been used from the Middle Kingdom to contain wine or milk. Festivals of Hathor often 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. Purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.

Munsell Chart reading

10YR 6/3 pole brown.

Bibliography

Pudleiner, Resző 2001. Hathor on the Thoth Hill. Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 57, 239–245.

Other Identity
W1072 (previous number) | 27 (printed on a rectangular serrated label, which has been crossed out)
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: 18 Apr 2022

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