Fragment of decorative tile

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

Findspot: Egypt, Tell el Yahudiyeh


Overall: 7.7 x 1.6 x 4.5 cm (3 1/16 x 5/8 x 1 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tile and inlays

Yellow gray clay: portions of top and bottom, finished edges of a band. On the upper surface a network and pair of wings from a rekhyt-bird in strong relief, atop a basket (translation “all the common people”). Gray glaze nearly disappeared on the under surface.


From Palace of Ramesses III, at Tell-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