Puzzles, Priests, and Pyramidia

Jill Waller
Jill Waller is currently a graduate student in Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins. Her focus is funerary complexes of the Middle Kingdom period.

Puzzles, Priests, and Pyramidia: An Analysis of a Faience Pyramidion Fragment

pyramidionObject 3923 in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum is a fragment of a faience pyramidion. What remains of a text identifies the owner as a priest of Amenhotep. The text flanked by figures of Maat. This seems like a simple object, and yet further research has proven it to be a gigantic puzzle with numerous missing pieces. Why is this fragment of faience when most pyramidia are made of stone? What can we learn about the owner of this object from the clues provided? What is the history of this object since it was bought in Egypt? These questions and more will be discussed in this paper.


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