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Fragment from the Palace of Apries

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


Fragmented relief with three rows of stars on a blue background.

Description of object

Three rows of stars are indicated horizontally on the fragment. The stars are enlarged versions of the hieroglyph for the word ‘sky’, thus the rows represent the sky.

Choice of methods

Visual examination

  • Macroscopic

Technical imaging

  • UV
  • VIL


C. Brøns, K. Lund Rasmussen, M. Melchiorre di Crescenzo, R. Stacey, A. Lluveras-Tenorio (2018) Painting the Palace of Apries I: Ancient binding media and coatings of the reliefs from the Palace of Apries, Lower Egypt, Heritage Science 6:6

Bagh, T. (2011). ‘Finds from W.M.F. Petrie’s Excavations in Egypt in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek’ in Meddelelser fra Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. No. 13 Copenhagen: 37-43

M. Jørgensen (2009), Catalogue Egypt IV Late Egyptian Sculpture 1080 BC-AD 400. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 94-95, cat. no. 27.2

  • ÆIN 1052
  • Fragment
  • 26th dyn. 589-568 BC
  • Egypt: Late Period
  • Limestone
  • W. M. F. Petrie’s excavations at the north end of Memphis unearthed in 1909 remains of the royal palace of Apries. That same year the Glyptotek in Copenhagen received a number of painted limestone relief fragments belonging to the Palace.
  • H 13.5 cm, W 19 cm, D 6.7 cm

Selected photos

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  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Harloux 8x18
  • Tiffen 2A
  • Adobe Photoshop C53 and Lightroom 2.7