Inscribed tablet

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–19
1550–1186 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width: 5.7 x 3.5 cm (2 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.790

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Foundation deposits

Rectangular stone tablet with single column of incised hieroglyphic text on face; back flat and unadorned; edges worn and roughly bevelled. Intact, but slightly battered. Inscription identifies owner as “High priest of Ptah, Ptahmes.”

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way