These two tiles were presumably once part of some decorative piece of furniture. As the Met Museum purchased them from a Greek antiquities dealer in Geneva in 1967 with no record of where they’d come from we’re unlikely to ever find out what exactly they were part of.

They are in the shape of cartouches and contain the name(s) of a king of the 19th Dynasty who we call Seti II – he was a grandchild of Ramesses II. The one on the right has a variant of his birth name: Seti mery en Ptah “The one who belongs to Seth, beloved of Ptah”.

You can see the Seth animal sitting at the top right of the text (you read this one right to left) and Ptah standing with his staff at the bottom left. The left tile also has this name in the bottom half of the tile – but someone has hacked out the Seth animal.

The left tile also has one form of Seti II’s throne name in the top half: User kheperu Ra, mery Amun “The strong one of the manifestations of Ra, beloved of Amun”. As with most throne names of Egyptian kings (even Akhenaten’s) it references Ra.

Faience Tiles with the Names of Seti II. New Kingdom, late Dynasty 19, reign of Seti II, c. 1200-1194 BCE.

They are currently in the Met Museum, acc. no.s: 67.161.1 (l), 67.161.2 (r)

A useful site for seeing how to read Egyptian king’s names, and finding out what they translate as is

I’ve written about the five names of Egyptian kings on the blog before:

See it on my photo site:

Jigsaw Puzzles:

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