Torus molding

New Kingdom, Dynasty 20, reign of Ramesses III
1184–1153 B.C.


Height x depth: 14.5 x 5.5 cm (5 11/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

These objects are pieces of faience torus molding. They are rectangular slabs molded into semi-cylindrical shapes.

a: An end piece.
b-h: mid sections
i: One section broken in three pieces.

The edges are light blue. There is a diagonal depressed band on each section that contains/contained fragments of gold leaf.


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