The medium of this is Egyptian faience. In ancient Egypt, the blue lotus was popular in life and in art. Its interpreted as both symbol and promise of life and rebirth. The molded relief decoration represents the marshes along the banks of the Nile. Egyptian faience was a luxury product, but unlike gold and gems it was not of high value in and of itself; instead, its worth came from its shiny blue-green color, which was a symbol of life, good health, and rebirth.