Ceiling block with rosette pattern


Findspot: Kerma, Nubia (Sudan)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sandstone and Faience

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief

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. This block includes 2 complete and 4 incomplete “stars” and is related to ceiling block 13.4360.


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