Ceiling block with rosette pattern

Classic Kerma
1700–1550 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Kerma, Temple XI


Overall: 93.5 x 75 cm (36 13/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Sandstone and faience

Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition