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1991BCE–1778 BCE

From Inspired: Ceramics and jewellery shaped by the past
Previously Previously on display

<P><STRONG>Fit for purpose</STRONG></P> <P>Ancient Egyptians made vessels like these in different shapes for everyday purposes, using clay dug from close to the Nile. Flat-bottomed containers could stand easily, and vessels with tapered bases could be nestled into soft earth. Form followed function.</P> <P>Compare the large, two-handled amphora with Ann Verdcourt’s milk cartons. Their form may be different, but their purpose is similar. In ancient times, amphorae were often designed for transporting wine or oil. They were packed tight into a ship’s hull for trading, and were sometimes thrown away when empty.</P>

pottery, slip

Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 1912

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