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Foundation brick for Ramses III, 20th dynasty, 1221-1156 BC

Foundation brick for Ramses III, 20th dynasty, 1221-1156 BC

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1285028
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Bright blue faience foundation brick with the cartouches of Ramesses III.
The throne name, Usermaatre-Meryamun, surmounted by the title Lord of the Two Lands.
On the left the birth name, Ramessu-Heka-Iunu, topped by the epithet Lord of the Crowns.
The sunk hieroglyphs and the cartouches accentuated in black. The back side of the brick recessed and covered with a light coat.
Ramses III was the last important ruler of the 20th Dynasty. He made substantial donations to the priesthood of Amun and run large building projects. Bricks and other apotropaic artifacts used to be ritually buried in the foundations of the buildings to keep them save.
Grainy terracotta covered with blue faience
Egyptian, 20th Dynasty, reign of Ramses III, 1221-1156 BC
H. 15.5 cm (6.1 in), W. 11.5 cm (4.5 in)
Reconstituted from two pieces. Edges partially chipped. Fine condition.

Collection Jacques Calderon, acquired prior to 1952.
Jacques Calderon (1883-1952) lived in Egypt since the 1920s and was back then the largest purveyor of musical instruments of Cairo.
Joined by a search from the Art Loss Register Database.

The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.