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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA29376

  • Description

    Mosaic tile with floral decoration: a rectangular tile having a translucent grey-blue field. The major area of the field is covered with floral motifs, for the most part so conventionalized that identification is impossible. The central motif is a cluster of three yellow stalks of the 'Nelumbo nucifera' each with the thalamus or torus in green and yellow with black dots. Also present is the a flower suggesting the tulip in red and yellow. At the top and again at the base are groups of three yellow and white circles, a frequent and essentially meaningless decoration of these tiles. Two fragments joined.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 8.2 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 6.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    The same mosaic glass elements found on the reverse of 1897,0511.90 are on the reverse of this tile as well. Obviously both tiles are by the same hand.

  • Bibliography

    • Cooney 1976 1648 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair (incomplete)

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased in Luxor

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA29376

  • Registration number

    1897,0511.92

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