Sunday, August 25, 2013

Museum Pieces - Cosmetic Vessel of Meretnubt

Photocredit: The Walters Art Museum

This small cosmetic vessel is carved with an openwork frieze of heraldic birds flanking a cartouche with the name "King's daughter, Nubet-meryt." Meretnubt was a daughter of King Thutmose I (1504-1492 BC). Separating the two heraldic groups are two snakes flanking a column. Above the openwork frieze is carved a series of alternating open and closed lotus flowers which ring the neck of the vessel. The glaze is particularly green in appearance.

Period: ca. 1500 BC (New Kingdom)
Medium: steatite with glaze
Accession number: 48.1388
Measurements: 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 in. (5.4 x 5.4 cm) (h. x diam.)


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