New Years Flask

Late Period Egyptian

650-550 BC

This lentil-shaped New Year’s flask has two small baboons that appear at either side of the neck atop a band of hieroglyphic inscriptions. Such flasks may once have held a liquid used in a ceremony to mark the beginning of the new agricultural year, which began in late summer, when the Nile River began to flood.

Source: The Walters Art Museum

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