About this object

Fragment of a hollow cylinder made to contain kohl eyepaint. Down one side in a column of hieroglyphic text naming Ankhesenamun, one of the daughters of King Akhenaten and his Great Royal Wife Nefertiti, who became the Great Royal Wife of her half-brother, King Tutankhamun. The inscription reads:” …the Great Royal Wife, Ankhesenamun”. Possibly collected at Tell el Amarna.

Formerly in the collection of Hon. Richard Bethell. Purchased at Sotheby's 15/16 December 1924 lot 370: Formerly in the collection of Hon. Richard Bethell. Purchased at Sotheby's 15/16 December 1924 lot 370: “A Fragment of a Kohl Tube, of yellow faience, on which is inscribed “The Great Royal Wife,” ANKH.S.EN.AMEN (Queen of TUT.ANKH.AMEN); part of a Handle, with the name of Queen SAT.AMEN (?), in pale blue inlaid in violet; another, with the prenomen of HOR.EM.HEB, white in violet; and a Handle, of pale blue faience incised with the prenomen and nomen of AAHMES.SA.NEITH; XVIII and XXVI dynasties (4)” (1924 p. 36).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1352 BC - 1336 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Akhenaten)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trusttees of the Wellcome Collection, 1971
  • Collector
    Richard Bethell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    45 mm x 22 mm
  • Note
    Compare with A. Kozloff et al Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World (Cleveland, 1992), p. 413; Compare with Petrie Musuem UC586-8; 595; 109; 600; 598; 596; 602; 576
  • Related people
    Richard Bethell ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-12-15
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-12-15
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Richard Bethell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1924-12-15
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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