About this object

Broken clay ball showing a lock of brown human hair inside. Found at the royal city of Tell el-Amarna (ancient Akhetaten) by archaeologists working for the Egypt Exploration Society, 1923-24. Small balls of clay containing human hair, like this, were probably used in magical practices. This is recorded as being from the 1923-24 excavation season the individual find number is missing. However, it matches with 23/159 a broken clay ball with exposed hair. This was found in House Q.46.34 Room 1 within the Main City at Tell el Amarna.
One half of the ball with a lock of hair stuck in place is numbered 56.21.673a; and loose fragments of clay and some hair are kept together under the number 56.21.673b.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Hair Human; Clay
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1923
  • Measurements
    35 mm
  • Related people
    East Anglia Egyptian Society ( Previous owner); Egypt Exploration Society ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)

Explore related

Publications

  • Farao's van de Zon: Achnaton, Nefertiti, Toetanchamon

    Freed, Rita E; Markowitz, J Yvonne; D'Auria, Sue H (editors)

    Author: Freed, Rita E; Markowitz, J Yvonne; D'Auria, Sue H (editors)
    Publisher: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden,
    Date: 1999
    Description: Written as a catalogue for an exhibition, 'Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertitit and Tutankhamun'. Exhibition dates: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 14 November 1999 - 6 February 6 2000; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 19 March - 6 June 2000; Art Institute of Chicago, 17 July - 24 September 2000; Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, 23 November 2000 - 18 February 2001.

  • Nilschlammbälle mit Haaren in Zeitschrift fur Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde vol. 133

    Arnst, Caris-Beatrice

    Author: Arnst, Caris-Beatrice
    Publisher: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft
    Date: 2006
    Description: Study of clay balls containing hair from Amarna, Giza and Lahun.

  • Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun

    Freed, Rita E; Markowitz, J Yvonne; D'Auria, Sue H (editors)

    Author: Freed, Rita E; Markowitz, J Yvonne; D'Auria, Sue H (editors)
    Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Date: 1999
    Description: Written as a catalogue for an exhibition, 'Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertitit and Tutankhamun'. Exhibition dates: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 14 November 1999 - 6 February 6 2000; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 19 March - 6 June 2000; Art Institute of Chicago, 17 July - 24 September 2000; rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, 23 November 2000 - 18 February 2001.

  • Private Religion at Amarna: the material evidence

    Stevens, Anna

    Author: Stevens, Anna
    Publisher: Archaeopress
    Date: 2006
    Description: BAR International Series 1587

Events

  • Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Tutankhamun

    Start date: 1999-11-14
    End date: 1999-11-14
    Description: An exhibition that toured 3 venues in the USA and 1 venue in The Netherlands. Organised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, it included nearly 300 artefacts from more than 30 institutions and private collections. Exhibition dates: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 14 November 1999 - 6 February 6 2000; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 19 March - 6 June 2000; Art Institute of Chicago, 17 July - 24 September 2000; Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, 23 November 2000 - 18 February 2001.

Ownership

Previous owners

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