Daisy tile

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Faience case
Object Type
Architecture, Architectural decoration, Inlay
New Kingdom
Twentieth Dynasty
Faience | Pottery
Egypt, Heliopolis | Egypt, Tell el-Yahudiya
Diameter: 61mm
Number of Elements

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One of a group of daisy inlays. 'Heliopolis' is marked on it, but this is believed to be an error. Another inlay has a label on the back giving date and provenance 'Porcelain Disc with inlay of petals of a different col ?clay. Egyptian of Ptolemaic period from Tel el Yahoudah. Used to inlay on decorative details.' Tiles such as these more commonly date to the Twentieth Dynasty. One of the items has a label 'Berens 47' on the back suggesting that this was part of the Berens collection. Randolph Humphery Berens, née McLaughlin (1844-1922) took the name Berens on his marriage in 1877 with Eleanor Frances. Both collected Egyptian antiquities. His collection was sold in Sotheby's on 18th June 1923. His wife's collection was sold on 29th July 1923 and 31st July 1923 (Bierbrier 1995, 42-43). As this item was sold on 31st July (as confirmed by the Wellcome slip), it must have belonged to Lady Berens.


Other Identity
399 | (The square paper label on the objects has number '403' printed on it. This is presumed to be a lot number. 03 is crossed out and '[email protected] written in pencil thereon.) | W500? (W500? was deleted 8.1.2008 as it was the same as W500B)
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 31 Jul 1923, Lot 55
Previous Owners
Ellinor Frances Berens (1842–1924) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 22 Jan 2021

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