About this object

The wooden figure is in the form of an elderly male, presumably a servant and perhaps a Nubian, dressed in a long pleated kilt, bent double under the weight of the pot carried on his shoulders and held up by his right arm. The pot is a wide-mouthed krater, with two long vertical handles, and is decorated in carved bands of checkerboards, circles and lotus leaves. The shoulder of the pot is not decorated, nor is the footed base. The pot is hollowed out inside, but there are no traces of any original contents. Originally there was a lid, perhaps of a different material such as ivory, and there is a hole for the peg or pivot on top of the rim.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1300 BC (Dynasty 18) about
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    215 mm x 49 mm x 92 mm
  • Note
    Joseph Mayer bought this object 1839 from Joseph Sams, a Darlington bookseller, who himself had purchased it between 1830 and 1838 as part of the Egyptian collection of Charles Bogaert, a Bruges businessman. It has been suggested that Bogaert recieved his collection as repayment of a debt from Jean-Baptiste de Lescluze, a Belgian shipowner and merchant who had collected the material in Egypt between 1824 and 1825.
  • Related people
    Charles Bogaert (Previous owner); Jean-Baptiste de Lescluze (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • ‘Figurine égyptienne en bois au Musée de Liverpool’ in Revue Archéologique 4 Sér. x (1907)

    Jean Capart

    Author: Jean Capart
    Publisher: Ernest Leroux
    Date: 1907
    Description: Jean Capart, ‘Figurine égyptienne en bois au Musée de Liverpool’ in Revue Archéologique 4 Sér. x (1907), 369-372 pl. xvi

  • 5000 Years of Egyptian Art

    The Arts Council

    Author: The Arts Council
    Publisher: The Arts Council
    Date: 1962
    Description:

  • Ancient Egypt: objects of antiquity forming part of the extensive and rich collections from Ancient Egypt brought to England by, or now in the possession of, J. Sams

    Sams, Joseph

    Author: Sams, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Sams
    Date: 1839
    Description: This rare book contains images of many objects now in World Museum Liverpool. Most survived the fire that destroyed the museum in 1941, but for those that perished this publication provides one of the only records of their existence. Many objects in Liverpool's Egyptology collection once belonged to Joseph Sams (1784-1860) a Darlington bookseller who visited Egypt and Palestine in 1822-3, bringing back an extensive collection of antiquities. Many were acquired by the British Museum by a Parliamentary grant in 1824. Between 1830 and 1839 Sams purchased objects from the collections of Henry Salt and Charles Bogaert. Much of Sams collection was later purchased by the Liverpool antiquarian Joseph Mayer (1803-1886). In 1867 Mayer donated 14,000 objects to the Liverpool Museum. Scans of some of the book can be found on the University of Heidelberg's website: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/sams1839/0001/thumbs?sid=e8625dd65d2533f48137aec215ade5a8#current_page

  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Das grosse Buch der Stile: Die Kunst Alt-Ägyptens / Alfons Welz, Volume 2

    Welz, Alfons

    Author: Welz, Alfons
    Publisher:
    Date:
    Description:

  • Egypt: 4000 Years of Art

    Malek, Jaromir

    Author: Malek, Jaromir
    Publisher: Phaidon
    Date: 2003
    Description:

  • Egyptian Art Introductory Studies

    Jean Capart (translated from the French by Warren Dawson)

    Author: Jean Capart (translated from the French by Warren Dawson)
    Publisher: George Allen and Unwin Ltd.
    Date: 1923
    Description:

  • Exhibition Of The Art of Ancient Egypt (Burlington Fine Arts Club)

    Burlington Fine Arts Club

    Author: Burlington Fine Arts Club
    Publisher: Burlington Fine Arts Club
    Date: 1895
    Description: Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Burlington Fine Arts Club in London, 1895.

  • 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.

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Handbook and Guide to the Egyptian Collection on Exhibition in the Public Museums, Liverpool 4th Edition

    Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: City of Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1932-03
    Description:

  • 'Le catalogue de la collection Ch. Bogaert' in Chronique d'Égypte 51, pp. 47-57

    B. van de Walle

    Author: B. van de Walle
    Publisher: Association Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth
    Date: 1976
    Description: Details of the journal are available online: http://www.aere-egke.be/chronique.fr.htm

  • 'Pharaohs of the Sun', in Egyptian Archaeology 16 (Spring 2000) pp. 20-4

    D'Auria, Sue

    Author: D'Auria, Sue
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 2000
    Description:

  • 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.

  • Piotr Bienkowski, 'A Servant in the Land of Egypt', in The Unbroken Reed: Studies in the Culture and Heritage of Ancient Egypt in Honour of A. F. Shore

    Eyre, Christopher, Anthony Leahy and Lisa Montagno Leahy

    Author: Eyre, Christopher, Anthony Leahy and Lisa Montagno Leahy
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society1994
    Date: 1994
    Description:

  • 'The Egyptian Collection', in Margaret Gibson and Susan Wright (eds). Joseph Mayer of Liverpool 1803-1886

    Shore, A. F.

    Author: Shore, A. F.
    Publisher: Society of Antiquaries in association with National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1988
    Description: Description of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian collection written by A. F. Shore who was Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Unfortunately there are a few errors in the description of objects.

  • 'The Liverpool Free Public Museums' in The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine For Collectors, July 1913

    Joseph A. Clubb

    Author: Joseph A. Clubb
    Publisher: The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine For Collectors
    Date: 1913
    Description:

  • Wellsprings: A Natural History of Bottled Spring Waters

    Chapelle, Frank

    Author: Chapelle, Frank
    Publisher: Rutgers University Press
    Date: 2005
    Description:

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.

  • 5000 Years of Egyptian Art Exhibition

    Start date: 1962-06-22
    End date: 1962-06-22
    Description: An exhibition organised by the Arts Council that was held at the Diploma Galleries of the Royal Academy. The exhibition consisted largely of sculpture from the Predynastic up to the early Christian period, most of which were from the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cairo. The exhibition was held between 22nd June to 12th August 1962. A catalogue was published by the Arts Council in 1962 with detailed descriptions of all the exhibits, and with 40 black and white plates.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1839
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1839
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Charles Bogaert

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Jean-Baptiste de Lescluze

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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