The top border of relief and painting scenes in Egyptian tombs (and temples) was customarily delineated with a design known as a khekher frieze. This consists, as shown here, of a horizontal band of colored squares and rectangles topped by stylized representations of knotted fringes, which echo textile hangings or reed mats that might have adorned the walls of houses. (See also 12.180.247.)
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1911-12. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.