Egyptian Sow Vessel
An ancient Egyptian pottery zoomorphic vessel in the form of a stylized sow or boar with a prominent ridge of hair along the spine. The handle and spout of the vessel project from the animal's back, and it balances on two legs and a tail.
Ca. 600 - 400 BC.
The sky-goddess Nut was sometimes represented as a sow. Sow amulets in glazed composition were produced in large numbers at Naukratis in the Nile Delta, suggesting that the animal was associated with a cult located there.
Cf.: British Museum 1888,0601.661, from Naukratis, Egypt.
Formerly in the Estate of William Kelly Simpson; previously with Mathias Komor Works of Art, New York, inventory no. D956, 1970's.