Tile fragment with lapwings

New Kingdom, Dynasty 20
1186–1070 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Medinet Habu


Overall: 9.4 x 19.6 cm (3 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychrome faience

On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Architectural elements

The tile fragment in polychrome faience was originally part of a group representing foreign captives. On a cream glaze background ar repersentations in grenish blue of crested birds (rekhyet) with upraised arms (a gesture of praise) standing on baskets is a hieroglyphic motif. It stands for the phrase “All the people (of Egypt) praising (the king).”


Said to be from Medinet Habu, Palace of Ramesses III. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (including 03.1566-03.1577; 03.1578a-i) for £300. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund