Fragment of faience



Accession Number
W1268
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Amarna case
Object Type
Receptacle/vessel, Bowl
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty
Material
Faience
Provenance
Egypt, Amarna
Measurements
Length: 50mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Fish

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Description

A coloured painted faience piece with fish scales from Amarna, likely part of a fish bowl. It is marked '356 C'. A fish bowl of this number was found in the 1935 excavations at Amarna in the state apartments of the Great Palace (see City of Akhenaten III p 74 and the Cambridge Amarna web page database). Several fish faience fragments are known from Amarna (Pendlebury 1951, 31, 49.66) which Petrie (1894, 12, 28) identified as tableware fragments. It has also been suggested that fish bowls served as ointment dishes (Friedman 1998, 223). See also the stone fish shaped dishes e.g. W1018-W1019.

Bibliography

Friedman, F.D. ed. 1998. Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience. London: Thames and Hudson. Pendlebury, J.D.S. 1951 The City of Akhenaten Part III The Central City and Official Quarters, Volume I. London : Egypt Exploration Society. Petrie, W.M.F. 1894. Tell El Amarna. Warminster: Aris and Phillips. See also TA Neg. 1935-36. O.158.

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Last modified: 15 Jan 2021

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