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Tile fragment with lapwings

New Kingdom, Dynasty 20
1186–1070 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Medinet Habu


Overall: 9.4 x 19.6 cm (3 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychrome faience

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Architectural elements

The tile fragment in polychrome faience was originally part of a group representing foreign captives. On a cream glaze background ar repersentations in grenish blue of crested birds (rekhyet) with upraised arms (a gesture of praise) standing on baskets is a hieroglyphic motif. It stands for the phrase “All the people (of Egypt) praising (the king).”


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