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Ceiling painting from the palace of Amenhotep III

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Malqata, Palace of Amenhotep III, Antechamber to King's bedroom, MMA 1910–1911
Medium:
Dried Mud, mud plaster, paint Gesso
Dimensions:
h. 140 cm (55 1/8 in); w. 140 cm (55 1/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.215.451
  • Description

    The important buildings in the palace complex of Amenhotep III at Malqata were embellished with floor, wall, and ceiling paintings. This partially restored section of a ceiling painting was discovered lying face up in a room adjacent to the king's bedchamber. The motif consists of a repeating pattern of rosette-filled running spirals alternating with bucrania (ox skulls). Similar ceiling patterns, both painted and modeled in plaster, have been excavated at Aegean sites of a slightly earlier period.
    Other obejcts excavated at Malqata are displayed in gallery 120.

  • Provenance

    Museum excavations, 1910–11. Acquired by the Museum in the Division of Finds, 1911.

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