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Tile with Nubian chief

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Faience palace tile/inlay depicting captive Nubian chief with wrists bound in front; attributes include black skin, cream kilt with brown, and reddish gray details and blue garment across shoulders and chest; remnants of light blue background; head, left foot, and upper part of one leg missing.


Said to be from Medinet Habu, Palace of Ramesses III. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (including 03.1566-03.1577; 03.1578a-i) for £300. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses III, 1184–1153 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Thebes, Egypt


Height x width: 26 x 6.5 cm (10 1/4 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychrome faience


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Tile and inlays