Foundation deposit tablet

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19, reign of Seti II
1200–1194 B.C.


Height x width: 7.3 x 7.0 cm (2 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

This faience foundation deposit tablet was glazed light blue, quite a lot of this has worn down to the underlying beige paste. It is decorated with two cartouches topped by atef-crowns, containing the names of King Seti II of Egypt’s Dynasty 19. It is broken into three fragments and mended. The upper corners are missing and there are some chips missing.


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)

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Emily Esther Sears Fund