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. Incense burners were also used extensively in temple and funerary ceremonies. Incense, considered a purifying element, was offered to honor the gods, kings, and the dead. This situla is decorated in raised relief. The central frieze depicts a series of striding deities and worshipers. The base features a lotus petal motif, a symbol of rebirth.
Examined in preparation for exhibition.
- Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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