Decorated wall plaster



Accession Number
W801
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Plants case
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural element, Wall, Surface plaster
Period
New Kingdom
Dynasty
Eighteenth Dynasty
Material
Plaster
Provenance
Egypt, Amarna, North Riverside Palace
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A fragment of decorated painted wall plaster from Amarna showing a bunch of grapes. This is from the North Riverside Palace at Amarna and shows lotus flowers and grapes. It was published by Fran Weatherhead 2007 'Amarna Palace Paintings' p225 fig.120. Wine making in ancient Egypt dates back to at least the Early Dynastic Period. According to Plutarch it was the god Osiris who first taught the Egyptians to drink wine. The best wine came from the Delta region.

Bibliography

Fran Weatherhead 2007 'Amarna Palace Paintings' p225 fig.120.

Wellcome Number
153983
Other Identity
44408 (Day Book 1972 p26 has wall plaster from Amarna in association with 15...and 44...)
Previous Owners
Egypt Exploration Society | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 02 Feb 2021

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