About this object

Uppermost fragment of a hollow faience cylinder eyepaint tube inscribed with an epithet and throne name of King Horemheb, a New Kingdom pharaoh of the late Eighteenth Dynasty who ruled between 1323 and 1295 BC.

Dark blue in colour with a column of hieroglyphs in white that can be read: "Lord of the Two Lands, Djeser-kheperu-ra Setep-en-ra, healthy…". It is thought cosmetic containers like this, that usually held kohl and inscribed with royal names, were distributed as favours by kings of the late 18th Dynasty, perhaps at occasions such as festivals. 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
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1323 BC - 1295 BC (Dynasty 18)
  • Materials
    Egyptian Faience
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Richard Bethell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1924 before
  • Measurements
    82 mm x 19 mm
  • Note
    Compare with A. Kozloff et al Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World (Cleveland, 1992), p. 413;
    Compare with Petrie Museum 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: 1924-12-16
    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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