Large Fragment of Fresco
Unlike temples, constructed of stone to last forever, Egyptian places were made of mud brick, and each was probably used for no more than a generation or two. Artists covered palace walls with layers of plaster on which they painted idyllic scenes of palace activities and life along the Nile. This detail shows lotus buds and flowers; it may represent the edge of a pool in a palace garden.
- Medium: Mud, painted
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
- Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (40 x 64.8 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 27.35
- Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Large Fragment of Fresco, ca. 1352-1336 B.C. Mud, painted, 15 3/4 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. (40 x 64.8 x 3.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 27.35. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Large fragment of fresco with two registers of lotus design, probably forming the lower border of a large wall composition. The fresco is a good though not important example of the type of decoration used in the houses at Amarna. The upper register is orange-red with black outlines. The divisions between registers are black; the lower and more complete register has a blue background with flowers in green and white, black outline. The preserved portion is in fragile condition and is apparently extremely thin. The surface has flaked considerably and apparently much of the blue background has been lost.
- Record Completeness: Good (72%)