Ceiling block with rosette pattern

Nubian
Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Temple XI

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

13.4360.1

Medium or Technique

Sandstone and faience

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements

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.

Provenance

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