Pomegranate-shaped Vessel

  • Egypt
  • End of the 14th century - beginning of the 13th century B.C.
  • H-7.4 W-5.5
Catalogue Entry

This pomegranate-shaped vessel was made by the core technique. Formed from opaque green glass, there is no other decoration on the form. The vessel has a globular body and its short, cylindrical neck has a mouth edge which has been divided into five long narrow sections which open outward. The body and neck were formed as a unit and then the mouth edge area was fused onto the form. The body is relatively bumpy with traces of its formation. This vessel is intact with no additional repairs1). The pomegranate is known as a symbol of fecundity in Asia, and it is thought that it was first brought to Egypt during the 18th Dynasty (15th century BC). Appealing vessels in the shape of the pomegranate fruit out of both glass and faience were made during this and later periods.

1)?\?\?\Published in Birgit Nolte, Die Glasgef?Be im alten ?gypten, Berlin, 1968. (Japanese edition, 1985, P. 231, fig.6-41a)