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March 13 2013

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How manifold it is, what thou hast made!
They are hidden from the face [of man].
O sole god, like whom there is no other!
Thou didst create the world according to thy desire,
Whilst thou wert alone: All men, cattle, and wild beasts,
Whatever is on earth, going upon [its] feet,
And what is on high, flying with its wings.

[Those on] earth come from your hand as you made them.
When you have dawned they live.
When you set they die;
You yourself are lifetime, one lives by you.
All eyes are on [your] beauty until you set.

- excerpts from the Great Hymn to the Aten, by Akhenaten, c. 1353–1334 BCE

Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva

December 03 2012

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Tile with Floral Inlays

This tile probably formed part of a decorative faience border framing a painting done on a mud wall in the Great Palace. The eleven tiny floral inlays are marguerites, white or yellow flowers resembling the daisy.

Medium: Faience
Place Excavated: Tell el Amarna, Egypt
Dates: ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E.
Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty
Period: New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (11.1 x 0.7 x 16.5 cm) (show scale)
Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Amarna Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Accession Number: 35.2001
Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society
Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
Caption: Tile with Floral Inlays, ca. 1352-1336 B.C.E. Faience, 4 3/8 x 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. (11.1 x 0.7 x 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Society, 35.2001. Creative Commons-BY

(via Brooklyn Museum: Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art: Tile with Floral Inlays)

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