About this object

Fragment of a solid cylinder made from faience with a dark blue glaze and decorated with an inscription in light blue with a royal name - the cartouche of Satamun (sAtimn). She was the daughter of Amenhotep III and his main wife Tiye. Broken in half and mended. DENDERA is written in black ink on the broken unglazed surface. In 1898 Petrie found faience models of papyrus stems that fitted into cross bases (Dendereh, p. 28, pl. XXIII nos. 10-13); and also large faience ankhs that were also inscribed. This could be a fragment of either of these religious votives.

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
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Dendera
  • Date made
    1388 BC - 1351 BC (Dynasty 18: Reign of Amenhotep III)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Richard Bethell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Dendera
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    55 mm x 28 mm x 17 mm
  • Related people
    Richard Bethell ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

Explore related

Publications

  • Dendereh 1898

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Fund
    Date: 1900
    Description: Publication of the Egypt Exploration Fund excavations at Dendereh, directed by Flinders Petrie. With chapters by F. Ll. Griffith, Gladstone and Oldfield Thomas.

Events

  • Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Dendereh, 1898

    Start date: 1898
    End date: 1898
    Description: Egypt Exploration Fund Excavations at Dendereh directed by Flinders Petrie in 1898.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1924-12-16
    How acquired: From Henry Solomon Wellcome
    Owned until: 1971
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Solomon Wellcome

    Owned from: 1924-12-16
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1936-06-25
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Richard Bethell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1924-12-16
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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