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Container in the Shape of a Duck

Container in the Shape of a Duck

From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), corridor, MMA excavations, 1928–29 New Kingdom

Bowl
Dish
Kohl Jar
Vase
Kohl Jar with Lid

Kohl Jar with Lid

Kohl is the modern name for the dark eyeliner worn by the Egyptians. The powdered cosmetic was stored in small, lidded jars. In the Middle Kingdom, the preferred shape was the squat jar with a wide, flat rim.

Kohl Jar
Kylix (Drinking Cup)

Kylix (Drinking Cup)

This small, delicate drinking cup is undecorated except for the interior, depicting Artemis, goddess of the hunt, within the tondo, or circular field. A quiver on her back, she holds a bow and two arrows in her... More

Food Container (Kui)

Food Container (Kui)

Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)

Asymmetrical Ritual Wine Container (Hu)

Asymmetrical Ritual Wine Container (Hu)

Increased contact with the nomadic peoples living along the Zhou dynasty’s northern borders brought about new vessel types inspired by leather flasks. Western Zhou (1046–771 B.C.)–Eastern Zhou (770–256 B.C.) dynasty

Ointment container

Ointment container

From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, mastaba west of Senwosretankh, Pit 3, Burial of Hepy, in front of blocking wall, MMA excavations, 1933–34 Middle Kingdom

Wine Container with Cover (Hu)

Wine Container with Cover (Hu)

Accession Number: 1994.605.30a, b Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)

Jar with Painted Decoration

Jar with Painted Decoration

The form of this pottery jar imitates the more costly vessels made of stone. The swirl pattern is characteristic of the late Predynastic Period.

Bowl or Cup
Kohl Jar
Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

Kantharos (Drinking Cup)

This cup is an example of Gnathia ware, named after the ancient town (modern Egnazia) where the first examples were found. Gnathia ware is characterized by polychrome motifs and patterns created by applying pur... More

Fish Plate
Kohl Jar
Rectangular container

Rectangular container

Mesopotamia, Nippur Early Dynastic IIIa

Vessel
Amphora
Ritual Wine Container (Pou)

Ritual Wine Container (Pou)

Accession Number: 14.24.1 Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–1046 B.C.)

Wine Container (Bianhu)

Wine Container (Bianhu)

Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)

Kohl Jar with Lid

Kohl Jar with Lid

Kohl is the modern name for the dark eyeliner worn by the Egyptians. The powdered cosmetic was stored in small, lidded jars. In the Middle Kingdom, the preferred shape was the squat jar with a wide, flat rim.

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Vessels of this shape were made over the course of hundreds of years and from a variety of materials. The shape may have originated in Egypt and taken its name from the word alabaster, but it was readily replic... More