AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE NEW YEARS VESSEL
Late Period, Dynasty XXV-XXVI, 712-525 B.C.
The ovoid vessel decorated with a broad collar motif on the top and lotus flowers on the bottom, the middle register on one side depicting a cow with tall plumes and a solar disk between its horns, striding in a papyrus swamp, the other side depicting a winged uraeus protecting a Horus falcon wearing a double crown, standing before papyrus umbels, each side separated by two bands of hieroglyphic text, reading "May Nebet-hetep open the New Year for this vessel's owner" on one side and "May Amun-Re open the New Year for this vessel's owner" on the other, the short cylindrical neck now-missing
4¼ in. (10.8 cm) high