Wall Tile from a Royal Funerary Structure
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Blue-green glazed rectangular tiles like these once decorated the walls of subterranean rooms beneath King Djoser’s Step Pyramid. As the first example of monumental stone architecture in Egypt, Djoser’s funerary complex was meant to provide the king’s spirit with an abode for eternity. The tiles imitated the hangings of reeds lashed together by horizontal cords that decorated palace walls during this king’s lifetime.
ca. 2675-2625 B.C.E.
Early Old Kingdom
2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 11/16 in. (5.6 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Four bright blue faience “matting” tiles. The backs have a projecting portion which is pierced for attachment.
Condition: Some discoloration.
This item is not on view
Wall Tile from a Royal Funerary Structure, ca. 2675-2625 B.C.E. Faience, 2 3/16 x 1 7/16 x 11/16 in. (5.6 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.84.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.73.84.3_erg2.jpg)
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