Painted plaster fragment

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3
2649–2575 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Meidum, Mastaba of Lady Atet


Overall: 20.5 x 11 x 3.8 cm (8 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plaster and mud brick

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Painted plaster on thick gray brown mud brick base. Parts of two large scale hieroglyphs. One possibly a canal or ‘mr’ sign (painted green with black border lines) and ‘r’ (yellow ochre with red border lines) on gray mud brick. The thin gypsum plaster layer is flaking off the mud base. There is much chaff present in the mud brick.


From Egypt, Meydum, Tomb of Lady Atet. Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Gift to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Credit Line

Gift of British School of Archaeology in Egypt