About this object

Square wall tile of glazed faience with a pattern decoration of four squares: two black, one white and the other blue. Between 1909 and 1914 John Garstang’s team uncovered a city that contained major temples, palatial dwellings and an unusual water sanctuary that Garstang interpreted as a royal bath. The decoration of some of these buildings included wall tiles of a glazed ceramic called faience.

The tile was donated to the museum in 1918 by Mr Robert Gladstone, along with 7 other objects from Prof. John Garstang's excavations at Meroë. In the accession register there is a note that Gladstone acquired the collection from "the late Colonel Braun".

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Meroitic Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    100 BC – AD 300 about
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr Robert Gladstone, 1918
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    88 mm x 8887 mm x 13.5 mm
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • Robert Gladstone

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: From Colonel Braun
    Owned until: 1918-04-26
    Disposal method: Donation
  • John Burges Eustace Garstang

    Owned from: 1914
    How acquired: Excavation
    Owned until: 1914
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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