Fragment with blue frit coating
A large fragment with blue frit coating. Darker blue on the outside, with a coarse red clay background.
Description of object
A large very coarse sherd tempered with straw: blue frit coating inside. From the production of Egyptian blue.
Choice of methods
- Lead isotope analysis
Alexandra S. Rodler, Gilberto Artioli, Sabine Klein, Rainer Petschick, Peter Fink-Jensen, & Cecilie Brøns (2017) "Provenancing ancient pigments: Lead isotope analyses of the copper compound of Egyptian blue pigments from ancient Mediterranean artefacts.”
The tile is mentioned in Historical Studies, 35-36 (large jars with “the most brilliant coating”)
- ÆIN 1262
- Late Ptolemaic / Early Roman, 1st century B.C.
- Egypt: Late Period
- Fired Nile clay with Egyptian blue
- Acquisition unknown.
- H: 12cm; W: 11.5 cm; thickness: 2.5 cm.