Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Remains of red hieroglphs: Lord of the Two Lands...

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19–20
Date:
ca. 1295–1070 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings
Medium:
Limestone, ink, paint
Dimensions:
l. 11 cm (4 5/16 in); w. 7cm (2 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1909
Accession Number:
09.184.747
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
Ostraca (plural for ostracon) are potsherds used as surfaces on which to write or draw. The term is used, by extension, to refer to chips of limestone, which were employed for similar purposes. Despite their humble appearances, ostraca bear a wide range of images and texts, including administrative documents, literary texts, and depictions of royal and divine figures. The texts were mostly written with reed pen and ink of two colors, red and black, and inscribed in Hieratic, the cursive script of ancient Egypt throughout most of its periods. This ostracon bears a broken sunk relief of a broad collar and hieroglyphic signs in red ink.
Excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of Kings, Thebes. Allotted to Davis by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds. Given by Davis to the Metropolitan Museum in 1909.

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