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ID number:  ECM 10
Named collection:  The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name:  Faience Sherd
Object type:  Vessel
Culture:  Egyptian
Date made:  Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BCE) (?)
Collector:  Newberry, Percy Edward
Materials:  Faience
Measurements:  overall: 8.26 cm x 8.38 cm x 0.72 cm (H x W x D)
Provenance:  Unknown
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Fragment from the base and side of a faience bowl. Cobalt blue exterior decorated with a central rosette, concentric circles, and a wave pattern in turquoise blue. The interior is also turquoise blue decorated with painted fish, lotus flowers, and a hatched triangle decoration in black.

Bibliography:  For more information about Egyptian faience, see
S. Boonstra 2016 'Tjehenet: The Brilliant Manufacture of Egyptian Faience' in S. Boonstra (ed.) Objects Come to Life Virtual Exhibition, Birmingham Egyptology.

Notes:  The base of this faience bowl is elaborately decorated with two colours of faience. It is likely that the bowl was fired once with a copper colourant to create the turquoise base then fired again after a dark blue faience glaze (using cobalt as the colourant) was added by direct application glazing to create the raised decoration. The Egyptian floral motif mised with the Greek wave pattern point to a date in the Ptolemaic period, while the interior tilapia fish design echoes earlier decorated faience bowls of the Eighteenth Dynasty (c. 1550-1295 BCE). This hybrid of classical Egyptian style and 'modern' Greek design was emblematic of the Ptolemaic Period of Egypt.

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