Lotus-shaped Cup (Egypt), ca. 1100 BC
The oldest object in the museum's collection, this vessel still shows its striking blue color, created by adding copper to its quartz-based medium. Both its color and form imitate the petals of the Egyptian lotus flower seen in black outline. A symbol of life, death, and rebirth in ancient Egyptian culture, the lotus opens its petals every morning as if being born. Each evening it closes, symbolizing death, followed by rebirth the next morning.
This object was
purchased with funds from:
Sarah Cooper Hewitt and Eleanor Garnier Hewitt and
It is credited
Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt.
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Its dimensions are
H x diam.: 8 x 5 cm (3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Lotus-shaped Cup (Egypt), ca. 1100 BC; colored faience (ceramic frit); H x diam.: 8 x 5 cm (3 1/8 x 1 15/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Eleanor and Sarah Hewitt; 1960-29-1
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Making Design.