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Ceiling block with rosette pattern

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The stars are set into a large sandstone backgrond which would have decorated the ceiling in one of the burial chapels of a king from Kerma. It is inlaid with reused fragments of greenish, blue Egyptian faience which are arranged in a pattern of rosettes that symbolize the stars in the sky. ...

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Provenance

From Tomb XI, Kerma. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Kerma,

Findspot

Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 49 x 79.2 x 10.5 cm (19 5/16 x 31 3/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4360.2

Medium or Technique

Sandstone and Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief