Date Made/Found: 1186-1155 BC
Material and Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: Diameter 87mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: J184.108.40.206
This glazed rosette tile is from the palace of King Ramses III at Tell Yahudiya, dated to around 1184-1153 BC.
The rosette has a long history in Egyptian decorative borders and ornamental bands and was popular at most palace sites. Rosettes from the period of Ramesses III, however, are distinctive: they are always bichrome, apart from the central boss, and usually combine silver grey or light brown with white.
The colours imitate real precious metals used in architectural inlays. The yellow boss, which may resemble a daisy's centre, also imitates the gold of the nails securing rosettes to palace walls. Some rosettes found at this palace site actually have a central hole and copper alloy nails with broad heads still in place.