About this object

Half of a clay ball containing a lock of human hair, found at the royal city of Akhetaten by archaeologists working for the Egypt Exploration Society. Sometime after excavation the hair ball was broken in half to reveal a lock of brown human hair. One half with the exposed hair is numbered 56.21.673a and the other fragments pieces are kept together and numbered 56.21.673b. This was from the 1923-1924 excavation season at Tell el-Amarna but we have no record of the individual find number.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Animal Remains
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten) about
  • Materials
    Human Hair, Clay
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Egypt Exploration Society
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Tell el Amarna
  • Date collected
    1924
  • 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)

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Publications

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

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

    Author: Rita E Freed, J. Yvonne Markowitz and Sue H. D'Auria (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

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

    Author: Rita E Freed, J. Yvonne Markowitz and Sue H. D'Auria (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

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