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Reconstruction of a Cartouche of Amenhotep III from Malqata

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Malqata, Temple of Amun, On Floor in Southwest Corner, MMA excavations, 1916–17
Faience, modern plaster and gold paint
H. 52.1 cm (20 1/2 in); w. 15.4 cm (6 1/16 in); d. 5.4 cm (2 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 120
The blue faience tiles in this reconstruction were discovered during the Museum’s excavations at Malqata, the site of a festival city built by Amenhotep III. The original cartouche was made of faience tiles and gilded plaster set into wood that was badly decayed and could not be preserved. In this reconstruction, the tiles have been set into plaster that has been painted to imitate the gold leaf. The cartouche containes the king’s throne name, Nebmaatre. For other fragments of tile decoration from the same site, see 17.10.1a, and 17.10.1b.
Museum excavations, 1916–17. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1917.

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