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Fragment of inlay

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This object is a fragment of a blue glazed faience inlay piece. There are two incised rectangular depressions for additional inlays to be inserted, both of which are no longer present. Only one side is glazed. It is broken and mended in two areas.


From Giza, Valley Temple of Menkaura, GMT X. By 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom (?), possibly Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura, 2490–2472 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Width x length x thickness: 4.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 cm (1 11/16 x 2 3/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Tile and inlays