Exhibition Highlights

Fish vessel

Multi-colored glass vessels of exceptional beauty and craftsmanship first appear in Egypt about 1500 B.C. After the vessel was shaped around a sand-and-dung core, it could be decorated by reheating the surface and adding colored glass threads or blobs that were dragged or combed with a bronze tool into festoons or feather patterns. This charming fish demonstrates both the advanced level of glass production at Amarna and the delight taken in the natural world.

Fish vessel

Amarna, house immediately east of N.49.20
Reign of Akhenaten, 1353 - 1336 B.C.
Glass; h. 7 cm, length 14.5 cm
The Trustees of the British Museum, London