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Floral Frieze

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Although the use of glazed tiles and colored paste inlays is known from as early as the Old Kingdom, the apogee of their use came during the New Kingdom (Dynasties XVIIII–XX). An almost identical frieze of lotuses, other flowers, and grape clusters is known to have adorned a wall of a palace of Ramesses III at Tell el Yahudiya in lower (northern) Egypt.

MEDIUM Faience
  • Possible Place Made: Tell el-Yahudiya, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1184–1153 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 20
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 2 1/2 × 1 × 11 1/2 in. (6.4 × 2.5 × 29.2 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 55.182a-i
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Register of nine faience tiles representing lotus, rosettes, and grape frieze. Forms alternately conventionalized lotus flower and triangles, the latter inlaid with rosettes and bunches of grapes or with conventionalized tree (?). Polychrome glaze, red, blue, white yellow, etc. The marks on the rear sides of fragment d and fragment g. Condition: Poor. Three lotus forms incomplete. Two rosettes missing. Glaze worn.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Floral Frieze, ca. 1184–1153 B.C.E. Faience, 2 1/2 × 1 × 11 1/2 in. (6.4 × 2.5 × 29.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.182a-i. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.182a-i_PS22.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 55.182a-i_PS22.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2024
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