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December 03 2012

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Title/s Faience Wall Tiles

Maker/s Unknown

Category faience tiles

Description Tiles. Faience is crushed quartz with a vitreous (glassy) glaze. These tiles were strung together and plastered onto the walls in the funerary apartment of King Djoser.

Field Collection Saqqara, the Step Pyramid, Egypt

Period Third Dynasty, Reign of Djoser

Date circa 2690 B.C.E. — 2670 B.C.E.

Provenance Gayer-Anderson, R.G. (Major)

(via The Fitzwilliam Museum : Egyptian Galleries - Faience Wall Tiles)

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Djoser was the first king of Dynasty 3 at the beginning of the Old Kingdom. His Step Pyramid and the surrounding mostly solid dummy structures are the earliest preserved stone buildings in Egypt. They represent an attempt to create an eternal royal residence of durable materials for the afterlife.
Tiles mounted between sculpted limestone ledges decorated the walls of the galleries underneath Djoser’s Step Pyramid and underneath a building in his complex called the Southern Tomb. The decoration was meant to imitate the reed matting that covered the walls of his palace.

Period: Old Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 3
Reign: reign of Djoser
Date: ca. 2630–2611 B.C.E.
Geography: Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Djoser Pyramid precinct
Medium: faience
Dimensions: h. 113 cm (44 1/2 in); w. 73.7 cm (29 in)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, by exchange, 1948
Accession Number: 48.160.1

This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 103

(via The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Wall tiles from the funerary apartments of king Djoser)

November 30 2012

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Lantern Slide Collection: Views, Objects: Egypt. Sakkara [selected images]. View 11: Detail Limestone and Faience molding around relief, Step Pyramid, Sakkara. 3rd Dynasty, n.d. Brooklyn Museum Archives (S10|08 Sakkara, image 9950).

Egypt: Sakkara (by Brooklyn Museum)

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