This fragment shows a very successful integration of two carving techniques. The delicate outlines of the leaves and their veins are lightly incised into the surface, while the heavy, dense clusters of grapes are in deeply modeled sunk relief, evoking plump dark grapes against the shaded tracery of the vines.
This block gives a clue to its architectural position on the wall. The rough strip to the left was probably a highly raised and rounded astragal (border or transition element) protecting the corner of a small shrine.
Norbert Schimmel Collection, by 1964, published and exhibited frequently from that time. Donated to the Museum by Mr. Schimmel, 1985.
Settgast, Jürgen 1978. Von Troja bis Amarna: The Norbert Schimmel Collection, New York. New York: P. von Zabern, no. 309.
Mertens, Joan, Catharine H. Roehrig, Marsha Hill, Elizabeth J. Milleker, and Oscar White Muscarella 1992. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 49, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 31.