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Vase with Three Handles

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Unlike faience, glass was a foreign import to Egypt, having arrived from western Asia shortly before 1500 B.C.E. The first Egyptian glassmakers relied on molds, limiting production to small objects such as beads and amulets. Later craftsmen perfected techniques that allowed for large, complex pieces.

Some of the finest works of New Kingdom glass were made during the reign of Akhenaten, perhaps under the inspiration of Asiatic glassmakers living in Egypt. Vessels such as this example were decorated with glass threads; using a thin stick before the vessel had dried, the artisan created ornate, rippled designs.
  • Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 3 1/2 × 3 in. (8.9 × 7.6 cm) mount: 3 3/8 × 3 × 2 3/4 in. (8.6 × 7.6 × 7 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small glass jar with broad foot, three upturned handles, tall neck, and wide flat rim. The body and neck are decorated with yellow and white dragged patterns. On the neck the pattern is a zigzag; on the body a festoon pattern. The outer edge of the rim is yellow; the remainder of the vessel is a dark blue. Condition: Large chip out of rim; two pieces glued back onto rim.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Vase with Three Handles, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Glass, 3 1/2 × 3 in. (8.9 × 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.340E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.340E_overall01_PS20.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.340E_overall01_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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