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ID number: ECM 586
Named collection: The Eton Myers Collection
Title / Object name: Faience Bowl
Object type: Vessel
Date made: Roman Period (c. 30 BCE - AD 395)
Collector: Myers, William Joseph
Measurements: overall: 7.73 cm x 14.31 cm x 14.82 cm (Height x Max Width x Rim Diameter)
Provenance: Possibly Memphis
Pale blue faience bowl, broken from a group of bowls that were overfired in the kiln. The bowl has a ring base, slightly incurved flaring sides, and a double everted rim. The bowl has the remains of three kiln supports stuck to the base, as well as a fragment of the rim of a second vessel fired and adhered to its rim. A pool of fired glaze can be found inside the bowl.
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: A kiln accident in antiquity caused this bowl to be fired on an angle, as seen by the pool of overfired glazing materials on the interior of the bowl. Furthermore, the ceramic supports that would have held the object off the floor of the kiln can be seen still stuck to the base of the bowl. It is unlikely that this bowl, and the other overfired bowls in its group, travelled far from their place of manufacture and were likely discovered within the workshop setting, perhaps in Memphis.
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