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Bowl with fish and lotuses

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The marsh scene painted on the interior surface of this shallow bowl is perfectly adapted to its shape. The bowl is a pool: six curving stems with lotus buds radiate pinwheel-like from a central square, with four tilapia passing over and partly overlapping them to create a sense of depth. Three...

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H. J. P. Bomford collection; 1959: exhibited at Ashmolean Museum, Oxord; by 1977: Gawain McKinley Ancient and Decorative Arts, New York; 1977: purchased by the MFA from Gawain McKinley Ancient and Decorative Arts, September 14, 1977. (Accession Date: September 14, 1977)

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William E. Nickerson Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1400 B.C.

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Height x diameter: 3.8 x 15.7 cm (1 1/2 x 6 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Bichrome faience


The Ancient World