Mosaic glass inlay from a shrine
100 B.C.–A.D. 100
Length x width x thickness: 8.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm (3 3/8 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Egyptian Late Period Gallery (Gallery 216)
Section of fused mosaic plaque, enclosed in a modern gold frame. The wadjet eye (eye of Horus) in the center, a powerful protective amulet, is flanked by 3 identical figures of the god Heh, the personification of eternity, kneeling on the hieroglyph for gold and holding the hieroglyphs for a multitude of years. The plaque probably derives from a small shrine or naos, which housed the cult staute of a god. The wooden surface of the naos would have been covered with gold leaf and encrusted with glass and faience inlays.
By World War II: Moise Levi de Benzion Collection, Cairo, said to have "remained in Cairo long after de Benzion's death during [the war]" (John. D. Cooney, "An Egyptian Mosaic Glass Panel," Bostom Museum Bulletin 74, no. 370 : 111); by 1972, John Jermain Slocum Collection, Washington, DC; given to the MFA by Mr. Slocum April 12, 1972.
(Accession Date: April 12, 1972)
Gift of John Jermain Slocum