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Thirteen small rectangular glazed composition plaques: including two fragments, from inlay work. All are in good condition and in only one case has the blue glazed composition decayed to white. Perhaps from a wall.
Thickness: 0.15 - 0.25 centimetres
Width: 0.90 - 1.20 centimetres
Length: 1.40 - 1.60 centimetres
Length: 1.59 centimetres (object marked with identification numbers)
Thickness: 0.24 centimetres (object marked with identification numbers)
Width: 1.14 centimetres (object marked with identification numbers)
- Curator's comments
- The thirteen small tiles were recovered from a storage chamber of a large elite tomb of the First Dynasty. Little survived the tomb's destruction, but fragments of wooden furniture were found in the same magazine. The rectangular shape, small size, and thin profile of each glazed composition piece suggest that they once embellished a box or piece of furniture as inlay.
W. M. F. Petrie, 'Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties' II, 44, no. 160 and pl. XXVII (only 13 of the 16 plaques illustrated are in the British Museum);
W. B. Emery, 'Great tombs of the First Dynasty; excavations at Sakkara' II' (London, 1954), p. 44, no. 160 and pl. 27.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
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