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Fragment of Cornice

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Inlays

The late Eighteenth Dynasty taste for opulence extended to inlaid wall decoration in temples, palaces, and large houses.

During the reign of Akhenaten, skilled workmen began to create scenes by piecing together individual fragments of colored glass or faience. These works depicted the king, natural motifs, and faithful worshipers beneath the Aten sundisk. Many of these motifs had already appeared in paintings in earlier buildings, but the new medium added vividness and prominence. Architectural inlay continued into the Twentieth Dynasty.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Excavated: Tell el Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1353-1329 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XVIII Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 1 7/8 x 1 13/16 in. (4.8 x 4.6 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.6046
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
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    CAPTION Fragment of Cornice, ca. 1353-1329 B.C.E. Faience, 1 7/8 x 1 13/16 in. (4.8 x 4.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 34.6046. Creative Commons-BY
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