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Fragment from the Palace of Apries

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek


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

Description of object

Two 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


T. Bagh (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, Egypt IV Late Egyptian Sculpture 1080 BC-AD 400. Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, 94-95, cat. no. 27.4.

  • ÆIN 1055
  • Fragment
  • 26th dyn. 589-568 B.C.E.
  • 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. 5.4 cm.; W. 10.8 cm.; D. 2.5 cm.

Selected photos

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  • Canon 40D (modified by removal of IR-blocking filter)
  • Spectralon® 99 % reflectance standard
  • LED light sources, Excled (470-630 nm)
  • Schott RG830
  • Adobe Photoshop C53 and Lightroom 2.7