Faience cup in the form of a blue lotus
Said to be from Tuna el-Gebel,
Late New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) or Third Intermediate Period (1070-661 BC)
A symbol of rebirth
A number of beautiful
function of these vessels is not clear, though they are heavy with
symbolism. The lotus itself is a symbol of rebirth and new life.
This symbolism derives from one of the creation myths: the sun-god
The context in which such vessels were found is unknown, even though there was clearly a concentration of them discovered in the area of Tuna el-Gebel in Middle Egypt.
F.D. Friedman (ed.), Gifts of the Nile: ancient Egy (London, Thames and Hudson, 1998)
I. Freestone and D. Gaimster, Pottery in the making: world-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)