Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1184-1153 B.C.E.
11 7/16 × 2 13/16 in. (29.1 × 7.1 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Floral Frieze, ca. 1184-1153 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 11 7/16 × 2 13/16 in. (29.1 × 7.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 55.182a-i. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 55.182a-i_SL1.jpg)
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Register of nine fayence tiles representing lotus 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.
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