Pottery fragments, once in the form of a woman holding a basket. Pottery from ancient Egypt are valuable archaeological artifacts that provide insights into the daily life, culture, and craftsmanship of the ancient Egyptians. These fragments can come from various types of pottery vessels, such as bowls, jars, and amphorae, and they can be decorated with intricate designs, hieroglyphic inscriptions, or simple patterns.
Studying pottery allows archaeologists and historians to understand the techniques used in pottery production, the materials employed, and the styles and motifs popular during different periods of ancient Egyptian history. These fragments can also provide information about trade networks, as certain types of pottery may have been imported or exported to other regions.
By analyzing the composition and decoration of these fragments, researchers can gain insights into the social, economic, and religious aspects of ancient Egyptian society. Additionally, the study of pottery can help establish chronologies and identify cultural changes over time.
Pottery from ancient Egypt are valuable resources for understanding the material culture and daily life of this fascinating civilization.
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, reign of Amenhotep III, c. 1390–1352 B.C.
Now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. 992.347a–c