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Situla with Erased Cartouche of Akhenaten
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Situla with Erased Cartouche of Akhenaten

Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Situlae were vessels used to pour offerings of milk or water in purification rituals. They take the form of a human breast and were associated with the goddess Isis. Situlae were found in temple treasuries at Amarna, the city built by the pharaoh Akhenaten to honor Aten, the sun-disk deity. This vessel continued to be used after the demise of Akhenaten and the king's birth name has been erased. It has a central field containing three columns of inscription executed in dark blue glaze.
  • Millet and Barbizon Art. Matsumoto City Museum, Matsumoto City; Tokuyama City Museum of Art and History, Tokuyama; Kasama Nichido Museum, Kasama City; Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa. 1996.
  • Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden. 1999-2001.
Provenance Rev. William MacGregor Collection Sale, Sotheby's, London, 1922, no. 268; Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1923, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] "High priest of Re-Harakhty, who rejoices on the horizon: Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re, who satisfies Re (in his) temple, [Akh-en-jth], whose lifetime is long."
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1923

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1351-1334 BCE (New Kingdom-Amarna)
faience with blue glaze
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12 x 4 1/4 in. (30.48 x 10.8 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)


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