|Title||fragment of stamped terracotta brick|
|Collection||Artworld: Oriental Museum|
|Artist||Djehuti, Scribe And Overseer Of The House Of Amun|
|Date||1540 - 1292 BCE|
|Description||Mud brick with a stamped hieroglyphic inscription on the front and top, bearing the name of the Scribe and Overseer of the House of Amun, Djehuti.|
|Inscription||Egyptian, hieroglyphic, stamped on top
Egyptian, hieroglyphic, stamped on right
|Location Creation Site||Misr|
|Location Current Repository||The Oriental Museum|
|Subject||architecture, architectural element, wall, brick, inscription, building|
|Measurements||329 x 86 x 147 mm|
|Context||Mud brick consists of Nile mud, with straw and sand added to give strength to the material; the method of making mud bricks can be seen in a Middle Kingdom wooden tomb model from Beni Hassan.
Mud brick was the basic building material from the Early Dynastic Period, typically used in the construction of houses, town walls, tomb pits and palaces. Bricks could be stamped with a royal or private name. Those stamped with a royal name were used in the construction of official buildings whereas those stamped with a private name were used in the construction of private tombs.
This brick is believed to have been used in the construction of Djehuti's tomb.
|Context Source||Kemp, B.J. 1989. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy Of A Civilisation. London: Routledge, p.91-92. Quirke, S. and Spencer, J. (ed.) 1992. The British Museum book of ancient Egypt. London: British Museum Press, p. 160-163.|
|Rights||Oriental Museum, University of Durham, Durham, 2002. All Rights reserved|
|Style Period||New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty|