The Merrin Gallery (New York, New York), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1994.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 111, The Hellenistic World
Egypt (Place Created)
22.2 × 14 cm (8 3/4 × 5 1/2 in.)
Although its neck is missing, this vase is one of the best preserved examples of a class of offering vessels scholars call "Queen's vases." These faience oinochoai depicting Ptolemaic queens offering libations represent a fusion of the Greek and Egyptian elements that co-existed in Ptolemaic Egypt. Faience was a traditional Egyptian material for offering vessels, but the oinochoe shape, the subject matter, and the style of the depiction are Greek. Beginning in 285 B.C. Ptolemaic rulers were worshiped as gods, and these vases were connected with their cult. During religious festivals, these jugs would have held wine for libations in honor of the royal family.
Karen Manchester, "A Ptolemaic Oinochoe of Berenike II. The Queen's Vase." Re/Collections, The Merrin Gallery, 1994, no. 3.
Friedman, Florence Dunn. "Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience," Minerva 9, 3 (May/June 1998), pp. 8-17, p. 15; fig. 22.
Rhode Island School of Design. Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience (exh. cat., Florence D. Friedman, ed.). Cleveland Museum of Art, May 10-July 5, 1998; Rhode Island School of Design, August 24, 1998-January 3, 1999; Kimbell Art Museum, Ft. Worth, January 31-April 15, 1999. Providence: 1998, pp. 99, 200, no. 62.
"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 69.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Antiquities Collection. Rev. ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010), p. 99.
van Oppen de Ruiter, Branko F. Berenice II Euergetis: Essays in Early Hellenistic Queenship (New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2015), pp. 52-3, pl. 3.6.
Picon, Carlos, and Sean Hemmingway, eds. Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016), pp. 228-229, no. 162, ill., entry by David Saunders.
Spier, Jeffrey, et al., eds. Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018), p. 182, no. 114, ill., entry by Sara E. Cole.