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Faience in the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC)

In the New Kingdom there is a marked increase in production and range of faience, and, probably under the influence of Western Asiatic production, greater range in colours; the developments in this period should be considered together with developments in glass production.

(click on the pictures to see the archaeological context)

faience tiles from a palace at Tell el Yahudiyeh (click on the image to see more)

vessel found at Hu (click on the image to see a larger picture)

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The scenes painted in purple-black manganese glaze on blue ground vary according to period and context: mid-Eighteenth Dynasty vessels develop the marshland iconography of fertility found on late Middle Kingdom faience objects such as hippopotamus figures, while Ramesside production seems more explicitly religious, for example with scenes of offering.

Amarna: faience workshops | Gallery of New Kingdom faience objects


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