Bowl Decorated with Marsh Scenes

Period: New Kingdom–Third Intermediate Period

Dynasty: late Dynasty 19–Dynasty 22

Date: ca. 1188–712 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache

Medium: Silver

Dimensions: diam. 20.5 cm (8 1/16 in)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1907

Accession Number: 07.228.20


The elaborate repoussé decorations on this bowl illustrate various scenes associated with marsh life: herding animals, cutting papyrus, harvesting fruit, catching birds, and paddling skiffs. These illustrations are variations on traditional scenes of birth and renewal that are well known from tomb and temple walls.