Tile with Philistine chief

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

Findspot: Egypt, Medinet Habu, Thebes (Luxor), Palace of Ramesses III


Height x width: 30 x 5.5 cm (11 13/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychrome faience

On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)


The Ancient World


Tile and inlays

Faience palace tile/inlay depicting captive Philistine chief with elbows bound behind; attributes include reddish skin; small, pointed beard; white robe and headband with fabric details in red, cream, and gray; feet broken.


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. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund