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Floral Inlay

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The walls of the Great Palace at el Amarna were decorated with small inlays arranged to form complex scenes. In many of these scenes, members of the royal family present great formal bouquets to the Aten. This inlay—a yellow persea fruit and a lotus flower—was the uppermost element of one of these bouquets.
MEDIUM Faience
  • Possible Place Collected: Tell el-Amarna, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 18
    PERIOD New Kingdom, Amarna Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 × 1 15/16 in. (6.3 × 5 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    PROVENANCE Archaeological provenance not yet documented, probably from Tell el-Amarna, Egypt; by 1949, purchased at el Hag Kandil, Egypt from an unidentified source by Michel Abemayor of New York, NY; 1949, purchased from Michel Abemayor by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Polychrome faience lotus inlay. Open flower with petals in purple-blue grading into white, calyx in light green. At each side of lotus, a green bud. Inserted in center of lotus, a Mimusops fruit in dark blue and yellow glaze. Reverse of object undecorated, flat and glazed white. Interior hollow, pierced at center top and bottom. Apparently a detail from a composite inlay possible representing a “stabstrauss”. Condition: Chipped at rear of base. Glaze intact.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
    CAPTION Floral Inlay, ca. 1352–1336 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/2 × 1 15/16 in. (6.3 × 5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.49.8_wwg7.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 7 installation, CUR.49.8_wwg7.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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