Inscribed tablet

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–19
1550–1186 B.C.


Length x width: 5.7 x 3.5 cm (2 1/4 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Foundation deposits

Rectangular stone tablet with single column of incised hieroglyphic text on face; back flat and unadorned; edges worn and roughly bevelled. Intact, but slightly battered. Inscription identifies owner as “High priest of Ptah, Ptahmes.”


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way