Beginning in the seventh century B.C., the manufacture of sand-core vessels was revived in large scale in Egypt and the Near East. Although the techniques and colours suggest imitations of the New Kingdom vessels, new non-Egyptian forms were introduced to reflect the development of Greek pottery shapes.
This diminutive vessel must have once contained
a most rare and precious substance, be it
fragrant perfume or healing ointment. Cobalt
blue in colour, it rests on an outsplayed foot that
is slightly convex below. It has rounded
shoulders, a cylindrical neck, trefoil mouth, and
a single handle. Opaque yellow and turquoise
threads have been wound spirally on the body
and then tooled into a zigzag pattern in the
middle band. Furthermore, the edges of the foot
and the rim have been decorated with a
Vessels of this type continued to be produced until the first century B.C.