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EF1405

An Egyptian Blue Glazed Faience Tile, Old Kingdom, time of Djoser, ca 2668-2649 BCE

This tile of pale blue glazed faience in the shape of a slightly convex rectangle, thicker in the center and tapering towards the edges.  A smaller rectangle, raised in the back center of the tile is pierced longitudinally for attachment.  The back of the tile also has white deposits indicating the presence of some form of gesso or similar binding agent.   

Faience tiles were manufactured in bulk and used as surface decoration, a famous example being Djoser’s Third Dynasty Step Pyramid at Saqqara which is decorated with an enormous number of faience tiles.  

For related examples see:  Gifts of the Nile, ed. Florence Dunn Friedman, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design 1998, pg. 32) For similar examples, see:  Gifts of the Nile, ed. Florence Dunn Friedman, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design 1998, Plates 14 - 19

Condition:  Heavy wear to the blue glaze on the front of the tile, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.    

Dimensions: Height 2.2 inches (5.5 centimeters), Width 1.4 inches (3.5 centimeters)

Provenance:  Steven Bono, private collection, Chicago, IL acquired from the London trade in 2004 

 

 

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