About this object

Limestone fragments from a decorated pylon gateway at the palace of Apries. Delicate raised relief decoration. Part of a monumental gateway, they depict Apries in the regalia of the sed festival or jubilee, one of the oldest Egyptian rituals. We have five fragments that formed the left side of one scene and three fragments that formed the right side of a different scene.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Architecture
  • Culture
    Late Period (Saite)
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphis
  • Date made
    589 BC - 570 BC (Dynasty 26: Reign of Apries)
  • Materials
    Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1909
  • Collector
    British School of Archaeology in Egypt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphis
  • Date collected
    1909
  • Measurements
    445 kg
  • Note
    Other fragments are in the Egyptian Museum (Cairo), Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology (London) (UC15858-9), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) (09.183.1a), The Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Copenhagen), and Royal Museums of Art and History (Brussels) (E.5036). The object was removed from the museum in World War Two and forgotten about and then rediscovered in St Georges Hall in 1970.
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Publications

  • 'Archaism and Innovation in Art', in John Tait (ed) Never Had the Like Occurred': Egypt's view of its past

    Morkot, Robert

    Author: Morkot, Robert
    Publisher: University College London Press
    Date: 2003
    Description:

  • 'Die dekorierte Torfassade des spätzeitlichen Palastbezirkes von Memphis' in MDAIK 43

    Kaiser, Werner

    Author: Kaiser, Werner
    Publisher: Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo
    Date: 1987
    Description: An article in Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo volume 43 (1987), pp. 123-154.

  • 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.

  • The Palace of Apries (Memphis II)

    Petrie, William Matthew Flinders

    Author: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders
    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
    Date: 1909
    Description: Publication of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt excavations at Mephis 1909

  • Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume III Part 2 (complete): Memphis. Saqqâra to Dahshûr

    B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek

    Author: B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek
    Publisher: Griffith Institute
    Date: 2003
    Description: This is Volume III Part 2 (complete). Memphis. Saqqâra to Dahshûr. Hardback, pp. xxxvi + 622 + 36 pp. of maps and plans. (2nd ed.) 2003, unchanged reprint of the 1981 edition in hard cover and reduced format. ISBN 0 900416 238. More information is available online: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/topbib.html

Events

  • British School of Archaeology in Egypt Excavations Memphis, 1909

    Start date: 1909
    End date: 1909
    Description: Excavation directed by Flinders Petrie for the British School of Archaeology in Egypt. Working with Mackay and Wainwright. The excavations were published in Flinders Petrie, 'The Palace of Apries (Memphis II)' (London, 1909).

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Egyptian Research Account

    Owned from: 1909
    How acquired: Division of Finds
    Owned until: 1909-09-10
    Disposal method: Donation
  • William Matthew Flinders Petrie

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Excavated
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Division of Finds
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