Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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New Year's flasks


Aurélia Masson

New Year’s flasks are small containers in faience (glazed composition) usually bearing inscriptions and motifs related to the Egyptian New Year’s festival. They were produced locally at Naukratis during the 26th Dynasty (664–525 BC), alongside faience scarabs and other amulets. Several examples are preserved among the finds from the early excavations at the site.


Mouth and neck of a New Year’s flask, from Naukratis. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, GR.76.1887. Photograph © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge