Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty: Dynasty 19
Reign: Ramesses II
Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis), Temple of Bastet, ancient cache
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.