Ceiling painting from the palace of Amenhotep III

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On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119

The important buildings in the palace complex of Amenhotep III at Malqata were embellished with floor, wall, and ceiling paintings. This partially restored section of a ceiling painting was discovered lying face up in a room adjacent to the king's bedchamber. The motif consists of a repeating pattern of rosette-filled running spirals alternating with bucrania (ox skulls). Similar ceiling patterns, both painted and modeled in plaster, have been excavated at Aegean sites of a slightly earlier period.

Other objects excavated at Malqata are displayed in gallery 120.

Ceiling painting from the palace of Amenhotep III, Dried Mud, mud plaster, paint, gesso

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