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Fragment of Colored Hieroglyphs

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
To represent sounds and ideas, the Egyptian system of hieroglyphic writing employed signs in the form of complete or partial images of humans, other creatures, plants, and objects. The intricacy and beauty of some hieroglyphs qualify them as miniature works of art, just as some large-scale figural representations are actually monumental hieroglyphs. Many of this vitrine’s reliefs were once as brightly painted as this text.
CULTURE Egyptian
MEDIUM Limestone, pigment
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes (El-Assasif), Egypt
  • DATES ca. 670-650 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 25 to early Dynasty 26
    PERIOD Late Third Intermediate Period to early Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 11 15/16 in. (16.5 x 30.3 cm)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Limestone fragment with remains of three columns of inscription in sunk relief. Blue dividing lines, probably part of an offering list. Hieroglyphs retain most of the original paint. Joins at lower right corner of fragment 60.131.1. Condition: Preserved portion intact.
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