11 June 2003
AN EGYPTIAN COPPER "HES" LIBATION VESSEL
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty XI, 2040-1991 B.C.
Solid-cast with a disk rim, short cylindrical neck and elegantly-formed curvilinear body, the flat base flaring slightly, the vessel representing the hieroglyph hes, "to praise," traditionally for offering libations of cool water
9½ in. (24.1 cm) high
French Private Collection, acquired in the 1960s
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For a similar example see fig. 17, pp. 387-389 in Polz, et al., "Bericht über die 6, 7, und 8. Grabungskampagne in der Nekropole von Dra Abu el-Naga," in Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo.
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