Pomegranate Jug with a Golden Goat Handle

Pomegranate Jug with a Golden Goat Handle. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39867
Pomegranate Jug with a Golden Goat Handle. Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39867

This silver jug looks like a pomegranate with a golden handle in the shape of a goat. The goat’s legs give the impression of movement. Around the jug is a decoration of hearts, perhaps as a sign of protection. 

After the hearts there are hieroglyphic texts that may be magical spells for drinking or to purify the contents of the jug. It is inscribed for the “first royal cup bearer” and “envoy to all foreign countries” Atumemtaneb.

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279-1213 BC. From Tell-Basta (Bubastis). Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 39867

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