Ceiling block with rosette pattern
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Temple XI
Overall: 93.5 x 75 cm (36 13/16 x 29 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Sandstone and faience
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition