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Fragment of a polychrome tile

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This is a fragment of a rectangular polychrome tile. It is made of faience glazed with two colors, a dark blue background with a design depicting papyrus stalks outlined in pale blue-green glaze. Only a very small part of one original outside edge remains.


From Tell el-Amarna. 1891-92: excavated by William M. F. Petrie. Assigned to W.M.F. Petrie in the division of finds by the Government of Egypt; to University College, London; Given to the MFA by University College, London.

Credit Line

Gift of University College, London

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, 1352–1336 B.C.


Tell el-Amarna, Egypt


Height x width x thickness: 5.1 x 4.8 x 1.9 cm (2 x 1 7/8 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychrome faience


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Tile and inlays