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Ceiling block with rosette pattern

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This large sandstone block would have decorated the ceiling in one of the burial chapels of a king from Kerma. It is inlaid with reused fragments of Egyptian faience, which is arranged in a pattern of rosettes that symbolize the stars in the sky.


From Kerma, Temple XI. 1913: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Classic Kerma, about 1700–1550 B.C.


Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 93.5 x 75 cm (36 13/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Sandstone and faience


The Ancient World


Architectural elements