Feeding cup, MET New YorkThe shape of this little cup permits milk to be fed to a baby.

The cup is appropriately decorated with the beneficial deities and daimons otherwise found on the so-called "magic wands," thought to have served for the magical protection of infants. On this cup appears a walking lion, an upright standing lion, a long-necked mythical animal, a snake and a turtle.

Date: Late Middle Kingdom, ca. 1850–1700 B.C.
Medium: Faience, paint
Seize:H. 3.5 cm; W. 8 cm; D. 4 cm
Source: MET New York