Ancient Egyptian Art:
New Year's Flask Egypt. Twenty-sixth Dynasty, ca. 685-525 B.C. Faience. Lent by the Semitic Museum, Harvard University. L1999.25.7 Flasks such as this were produced in ancient Egypt top celebrate the beginning of the year and are inscribed on the sides with the phrase "Happy New Year." Two baboons, sacred to the god Thoth, to whom the first month of the year was dedicated, flank the spout. The elaborate floral collar incised around the top and the spout in the form of a papyrus plant, all symbolize renewal.
The exhibition of this object is made possible by the Museum Loan Network - a national collection-sharing program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by MIT's Office of the Arts.
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