Fragment of decorative tile

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

Findspot: Egypt, Tel el Yahudiyeh


Overall: 9 x 2 x 6.2 cm (3 9/16 x 13/16 x 2 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tile and inlays

Fragment of a faience foreign prisoner tile. Yellow brown coarse clay: sides finished; top and bottom irregular fracture. On the upper surface an arm and hand in dull purple red, beside it the garment of a man in purple and white, with narrow strips of yellow; star like figures in the panels.


From Palace of Ramesses III, Tel-el-Yahudiyeh. 1888: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; received by the MFA by subscription from the Egypt Exploration Fund.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription